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Alleged Wal-Mart pepper-spray attacker turns herself in to police

November 26, 2011 | 10:35 am

A woman who says she doused other deal-hunting shoppers with pepper spray at a Porter Ranch Wal-Mart turned herself in to police Friday night and was later released.

About 20 people suffered minor injuries after a woman fired pepper spray into a crowd Thursday night before leaving the store with her purchase of an Xbox game console, authorities said. The injured, including children, complained of minor skin and eye irritation and sore throats.

Police said Friday that they planned to examine surveillance video from the store and check receipts of Xbox purchases made around the time of the incident. The suspect was described as a Latina in her 30s, about 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. She was wearing black pants and a black sweater at the time of the assault.

A woman who fit the description turned herself in to Los Angeles police around 8:30 p.m. Friday. She was released while police continue investigating the incident.


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