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LAPD still undecided on charges in Wal-Mart pepper spraying

November 26, 2011 |  8:38 pm

Los Angeles police Saturday said they have not yet decided whether to seek charges against a woman who doused a crowd of Thanksgiving night shoppers with pepper spray at a Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch.

The woman, who has not been identified, turned herself in to police Friday night after video of the incident was broadcast. She later was released while police continue investigating the incident. 

Investigators declined to speculate Saturday whether the woman, described only as a Latina in her 30s, brandished the spray because she felt threatened by the crowd of jostling shoppers or to gain an advantage so she could grab an Xbox game console that was on sale.

About 20 people complained of burning eyes and sore throats after the woman fired the spray into the air. She then paid for the Xbox and left the store.

"We have a ton of witnesses and victims to interview," said Los Angeles Police Officer Bruce Borihanh.  "We know who she is."

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