Video Shows Woman Pepper-Spraying Store Clerk - NBC Chicago

Video Shows Woman Pepper-Spraying Store Clerk



    Man chases down robbers and grabs license plate of getaway van. Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014)

    Four individuals face armed robbery charges after the manager of an Edgewater cell phone store was pepper-sprayed Monday.

    The incident was captured on surveillance video at Bestcom Wireless in the 6100 block of North Broadway Street.

    In the video, manager Amir Kishta was showing the two women various cell phones when one of the women doused him with pepper spray.

    The women ran out of the store with four phones worth about $2,000, according to police.

    Surveillance Video: Cell Phone Pepper Spray Thieves

    [CHI] Surveillance Video: Cell Phone Pepper Spray Thieves
    Video captures women looking at phones in an Edgewater store and pepper-spraying manager before fleeing.
    (Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014)

    Kishta, who was obviously affected by the pepper spray, still chased the pair out of the store.

    "It was burning very bad," Kishta said. "Running down the sidewalk and they hopped into a van, and as soon as I got 2-3 feet away from the van I see these two males in there."

    "I was half blind and I just kept screaming out the license plate numbers over and over."

    Police later arrested Ellen Phillips, 29, Alleysia Ariel, 21, Deandre Loveless, 20, and 23-year-old Kyle Samuels and charged each with armed robbery. Samuels was also found to be in violation of parole.

    Kishta says the store has been robbed twice in 10 years. Last summer, they chased the offender down the street and tackled him until police arrived.

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