Police: Clerk pepper-sprayed by suspected shoplifter

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are working to track down a man who allegedly pepper-sprayed a clerk after she confronted him outside a Providence store.

According to the police report obtained by Eyewitness News, the incident took place around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Dollar General on Branch Avenue.

The employee told police the anti-theft alarm went off and she saw a man exiting the store. She said she went outside, found the man standing by a bicycle and asked him if he had stolen anything.

The suspect reportedly told the employee to mind her business then pepper-sprayed her in the face before fleeing down Branch Avenue on the bicycle.

The suspect is described as a short, black man in his late 40s to early 50s who was wearing a green camouflage jacket and carrying two backpacks, according to the report. He’s wanted on a charge of felony assault with a dangerous weapon or substance.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Providence Police Department at (401) 272-3121.

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