Woman Charged With Shoplifting in Denver Pepper-Spraying Incident

Woman Charged With Shoplifting in Denver Pepper-Spraying Incident

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Jan
2012
Posted by: rosenthallaw  /   Category: Criminal Law   /   No Comments

Police will often use the news media to get the word out in an effort to make an arrest, though sometimes the input from the general public isn’t very accurate. The same can sometimes be said for star witnesses used by the state.

Denver theft charges can range from a simple shoplifting to burglary and robbery and the penalties can increase as the charges become more serious. Our Denver criminal defense attorneys recognize that people sometimes make mistakes and sometimes police make mistakes.

It is the job of an experienced Denver criminal defense attorney to bring out all the facts before or at trial in order to benefit the defendant. If evidence seems to implicate the defendant, then an attorney will work on securing a favorable plea deal, if that’s what the client wants. If the evidence is shaky, fighting the charges with motions and a possible trial may be the best option for the defendant. Each case is analyzed on its own facts and merits.

In this case, a woman in Sheridan was arrested after she allegedly pepper-sprayed a Target security officer. Police sent images to local news stations and said they got plenty of tips from local viewers who believe they were able to identify the woman.

ABC News reports that Denver police found the woman and kept her in custody. They say she’s 28 and is being charged with robbery, theft and third-degree assault, criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy.

The incident happened recently when a security officer at the department store approached the woman, who was pushing a cart full of things out of the store. A man walked up and sprayed the guard before the two got off.

Surveillance showed a plain-clothes officer trying to grab the woman, while the man walked up and sprayed him. Customers said they were affected by the spray and the store had to be evacuated.

Whenever security officers aren’t properly marked, it can be scary for customers who may think they’re just regular citizens who are trying to commit a crime of their own. The story doesn’t state how police were able to determine the goods were stolen. Either way, this woman will require a strong defense to all these charges.

Jeremy Rosenthal
Denver DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney, Jeremy Rosenthal aggressively defends DUI cases, medical marijuana related legal issues, and criminal defense cases. The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal - Denver, Colo

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Jeremy Rosenthal
Denver DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney, Jeremy Rosenthal aggressively defends DUI cases, medical marijuana related legal issues, and criminal defense cases. The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal - Denver, Colo