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Police Arrest Two Men In Pepper Spray Robberies
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:08 PM CDT
Austin police have arrested two men accused of robbing several businesses using harsh chemicals.
Surveillance video from the store Discoteca 2000 shows one of the suspects spraying an employee.
Police say 21-year old Kendrick Clark and 22-year old Marcus Mitchell entered the store, and with Mitchell serving as a lookout, Clark asks the clerk to give him change for a dollar.
When the employee opens the register Clark pepper sprays her. And as she wipes her eyes, he takes all the money from the register.
Then, police say, Clark goes around the counter and makes the clerk give him money from a file cabinet.
"It's possible they staked out the area, it's possible they had been in the store before, and are just kind of familiar with its procedures and how they did things," says Austin Police Department Sergeant Blake Johnson.
That store is just one six possible stores robbed by the men police are calling the "pepper spray bandits" -- among them, a Subway, a Dollar General and an Arlens Market.
"It's terrible! With a T! Capital T terrible," says Arlen's shopper Evelyn Davis. She says the news is upsetting and she has a message for the suspects.
"Get a job, J-O-B, do like the homeless people if you that desperate, be like the homeless people, stand on the corner with a sign, who knows a person like me may come along and give you a couple of change," she says.
The last store police say the men robbed is a Walgreens on North Lamar.
That was on July 16, they were caught shortly after. Both men are facing charges of robbery by assault.
By Lydia Pantazes