PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — Palo Alto police arrested three female suspects on Tuesday night charged with theft and weapons after punching and pepper spraying a loss prevention officer as he allegedly attempted to steal goods in the Macy’s store in the Stanford Mall.
The women were arrested as they attempted to flee in a car which carried three minors, including a seven-month-old toddler, as passengers.
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According to a press release issued by the Palo Alto Police Department, around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, the police dispatch center received a report of a robbery involving pepper spray at the Macy’s store in the Stanford Mall.
Preliminary investigation determined that a Macy’s loss prevention officer attempted to arrest three women he saw exiting the store with clothes they had taken without paying. The Loss Prevention Officer confronted the women outside the store and told them to return the merchandise.
The women refused and one of the suspects brandished a can of pepper spray and tried to douse the victim. The other two suspects punched the victim in the face and head. After a brief struggle, the suspects fled in a nearby vehicle and the victim contacted police.
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Response officers located the suspect vehicle leaving the mall and were able to arrest all three suspects without incident. In addition to the three suspects, the vehicle contained three young passengers, ranging in age from a seven-month-old baby to a 17-year-old teenager.
Officers found a pepper spray canister and several stolen items of clothing inside the vehicle. Police arrested and incarcerated the three suspects in the Santa Clara County Main Jail.
The suspects have been identified as 22-year-old Sacramento resident Alexis Quiroz – who has been charged with robbery, conspiracy and being a convicted felon in possession of pepper spray – 22-year-old Leah Perez, and 21-year-old – the former Salena Quiroz, also of Sacramento, who were each convicted of robbery and conspiracy.
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The three minors were placed in the custody of a family member. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24 hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.