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Woman arrested for waving gun around in gas station parking lot

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Nov. 11

Biting incident

4:56 a.m. — Intersection of Central Avenue and South Yonge Street

Grand theft. A 29-year-old man attempted to bite a police officer after he was arrested for stealing a car, according to police.

The man was spotted driving the stolen vehicle on South Yonge Street and police pulled him over. He was detained as several officers arrived on the scene, and refused to answer any questions and denied understanding his rights after police read them to him. Prior to transporting him to the police department, officers located a backpack in the vehicle, which contained a small plastic bag of methamphetamine.

Once at the police department, the man's arrest report details that the man began making "rapid sudden movements as if he was reaching for something" and proceeded to kick the inside of the patrol vehicle. As officers assisted in securing him into a seatbelt, the man tried to bite one of them before he was pepper sprayed. 

Fire rescue responded to treat the man afterward. He was later taken to jail.

Suspect on a diet

7:14 p.m. — 200 block of East Granada Boulevard

Larceny. An unknown suspect stole almost $200 worth of diet pills from a local pharmacy retail store, 

A store employee called police after the man walked out of the store with his pockets bulging with the pill bottles. The man had spent a long time in the diet and nutrition aisle, the employee told police, and later approached the register with a juice, telling him that he had to go to his truck to get his wallet. The man's pockets were full, but the employee couldn't tell what he had concealed.

Once the man left the store, the employee went to the nutrition and diet aisle, and discovered three empty boxes of weight loss pills on the shelf. 

The store wished to pursue charges. 

Disorderly conduct

8:40 p.m. — 1600 block of North U.S. 1

Possession of methamphetamine. Police arrested a 36-year-old transient woman who was waving a BB gun around at a local gas station.

According to her arrest report, once detained, the woman told police that she had asked some people for a lighter and that they had started yelling at her. This scared her, so she pulled out her BB gun and "held it at her side to protect herself." She said that from where she is from, this type of behavior was normal, adding that she never pointed the gun at anyone — she was only going to "pistol whip" the guy who was yelling at her if she needed to.

Witnesses told police that the woman had asked them for a lighter, and when they told her that they didn't have one, she told them not to steal her stuff and proceeded to pull the gun out from her purse. They did not press charges.

Police placed the woman under arrest for disorderly conduct, and after searching her personal items, found over a gram of methamphetamine in her wallet. She was taken to jail.

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