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State police: Shoppers claiming to have coronavirus cough on employees, spray them with pepper spray

Two women from the Syracuse area were arrested for allegedly spraying employees at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in Cicero with pepper spray after they were asked to leave the store.

Posted: Apr 2, 2020 2:02 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2020 2:04 PM

CICERO, N.Y. – Two women from the Syracuse area were arrested for allegedly spraying employees at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in Cicero with pepper spray after they were asked to leave the store.

State police say Lenaysia A. Myles, 28, of Syracuse, and Imani R. Huggins, 23, of Cicero, said they had coronavirus and intentionally coughed in the faces of Ollie’s employees after the two were asked to leave the store.

Two employees went to the parking lot in an attempt to get the license plate number of the car the women were in, when one of the suspects allegedly sprayed them with pepper spray.

One of the women fled the scene, but was stopped a short time later by North Syracuse police, who turned her over to state police.

Police say the store employees were not injured during the incident.

Myles was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, harassment, menacing and unlawful possession of noxious material. She was arraigned via Skype and remanded to the Onondaga County Justice Center on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Huggins was charged with harassment and released on an appearance ticket. She is due back in court on Jun 16.

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