Three men who attempted to steal power tool batteries and other merchandise from a Florida Home Depot were arrested after two of them -- dressed as women -- used pepper spray on security personnel, according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel.
The Jan. 12 incident in Boynton Beach began just before 1 p.m. when a pair of Home Depot asset protection officers confronted two of the suspects when they tried to leave the store. A struggle ensued, and one of the suspects allegedly used pepper spray on the store employee. A 911 call from the store reported that "two black transvestites maced me and my other associate, then came back in fighting.”
Video footage reportedly shows Kendal Lowry, 26, hitting the security officers with the aerosol can as they wrestled with the second suspect, identified as David Tucker, 24. Lowry appeared to flee the store but returned to repeatedly strike the security employees with the aerosol canister again, according to police. Then the suspects fled the store and ran across the parking lot.
Lowry wore a yellow tank top, gray pants and mid-calf gray boots, according to investigators. Tucker was dressed in a denim skirt, pink blouse and flip-flops during the robbery.
The suspects tried to escape in a red Ford Explorer, but a police sergeant stopped the SUV and arrested them before they could leave the parking lot. A third suspect, Jeffrey Baldwin, 37, was arrested and charged with assisting in the robbery.
A number of people were affected by the pepper spray, including six employees and customers. One elderly woman was taken to a local hospital and two others were treated at the scene. Dozens of shoppers were evacuated from the store.
Lowry and Tucker were charged with robbery with a weapon, aggravated battery with a weapon, and aggravated battery on a person over 65. Tucker is facing an additional charge of possession of an anti-shoplifting device.