Purse-Snatcher Uses Pepper Spray to Rob Victim

A Juneau woman says a man used pepper spray normally used in defense against bears to rob her.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU - A Juneau woman says a man used pepper spray normally used in defense against bears to rob her.

Juneau police say the 28-year-old woman was confronted by the man Saturday afternoon outside the Chinook Apartments.

She says he drove up, sprayed her, grabbed her purse, returned to his pickup and drove off. The purse contained a cellphone, cash and other items..

Witnesses say the robber was in a brown truck. The woman says she knows the assailant but that she is not in a relationship with him.

The woman declined medical assistance.

Police say they're searching for a 44-year-old man.