Thieves Return To Scene of Their Crime, Pepper Spray Deputies
An Orlando area woman has been arrested for pepper spraying two deputies at a Walmart, according to authorities.
48-year-old Keyisha Henderson was booked into Hernando County jail on several charges, including two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer and two counts of resisting an officer with violence, Hernando County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.
Authorities said the incident happened Wednesday at a Walmart store on Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville.
On Tuesday, Henderson and another suspect, identified as 33-year-old Kierra Tolliver, reportedly distracted an older woman who was shopping in the store. One ran the distraction while the other stole her wallet from her purse and used her credit cards to make more than $2,000 in fraudulent purchases.
On Wednesday, the Hernando County deputy who was working inside the store to take a report for theft was alerted that the suspects had returned to the store.
When the deputy tried to confront the two, Henderson grabbed a can of pepper spray from her purse and sprayed it at the deputy, before running off. It bought her enough time to nearly get away because the sheriff's deputy was having a reaction to the pepper spray.
Tolliver was detained by Walmart asset protection.
Another deputy spotted Henderson trying to leave the store and she discharged pepper spray in his direction, too. The difference in this case was that he was struck on the arm by the pepper spray, and he was able to draw his taser, which was what made Henderson stop and drop the pepper spray.
She was taken into custody without further incident.
According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Henderson has a lengthy criminal history, with 39 felony offenses. Most of them are fraud-related incidents, but she's been incarcerated five times so far, authorities said.
She was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center where she's being held on an $82,000 bond for the Hernando County charges. She faces additional charges of fraudulent use of a credit card, two counts of petit thefts and carrying a concealed firearm.
Tolliver was arrested and charged with two counts of petit theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. She was taken to the Hernando County Detention Center where her bond was set as $7,000. Both deputies are expected to be fine.
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