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article imageCalifornia woman accused of poisoning Starbucks orange juice

By Katerina Nikolas     May 2, 2013 in World
San Jose - A California woman is facing charges of attempted murder after she was spotted sneaking bottles of orange juice spiked with rubbing alcohol into a Starbucks refrigerator.
Starbucks' customers in San Jose managed to avoid being poisoned when a vigilant customer spotted the woman placing bottles of orange juice from her own bag into the refrigerator. The contaminated orange juice was discovered to contain a lethal amount of isopropyl rubbing alcohol, WJLA reported.
Ramineh Behbehanian, 50, a chemist, was tracked down by police after a store employee wrote down her car licence plates. She lived five miles from the Starbucks store, according to the New York Daily News. Police arrested Behbehanian and charged her with felony poisoning.
Ingestion of isopropyl alcohol can have serious health consequences. A serving of just 8oz can be lethal. Sgt. Jason Dwyer of San Jose Police declined to say how much of the rubbing alcohol had been added to the juice, but it was enough to warrant a murder charge. Police are not yet aware of the woman's motive, but Dwyer said: "We don't know if she has done this before or if she had plans to do this again. We have no reason to believe that there are other coffee shops with similar dangers."
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