PALO ALTO — A trio of Sacramento women have been arrested in connection with a violent robbery involving pepper spray at the Stanford Mall, police said.
The incident was reported at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Palo Alto Police Department said in a news release.
An investigation revealed that a Macy’s loss prevention officer attempted to arrest three women, whom he saw exiting the store with clothes they hadn’t paid for, police said.
When confronted outside the store, the women refused to return the items. Police said one of them brandished a canister of pepper spray and tried to spray the disaster prevention officer while the others punched him in the head and face. The trio then got into a nearby vehicle.
Officers stopped the vehicle as it left the mall and detained its occupants without incident, police said. In addition to the three women, the vehicle contained three minors aged 7 months to 17 years.
Police said officers also found a pepper spray canister and stolen clothing inside the vehicle.
One of the women, 22, was incarcerated in Santa Clara County Jail for robbery, conspiracy and being a convicted felon in possession of pepper spray. The other women, aged 22 and 21, were charged with robbery and conspiracy.
The minors were left with a family member, police said.
The loss prevention officer complained of headaches but refused to receive medical attention.
Anyone with information related to the case can contact the police department at 650-329-2413. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call or text 650-383-8984 or email [email protected]