According to police a toddler got pepper-sprayed in the face while the young girls mother and another woman were trying to escape from loss-prevention officers at a Target store in Riverside on Wednesday.
Later Wednesday night the 2 suspects were arrested at another Target store in Hemet. The baby was taken to a local hospital, then reportedly was released to the custody of another family member.
According to a police news release, at about 7:40 p.m. the two women were spotted at the Target store on Canyon Springs Parkway in Riverside trying to steal more than $1,000 worth of baby formula.
Loss prevention officers were trying to detain the two women when one of them sprayed the officers with pepper spray. A 2 year-old was with one of the women and was also sprayed during the scuffle, police said.
The Press Enterprise reports the two women initially got away, but Riverside police found out they had eventually been detained at a Target in Hemet later that evening. Target’s loss-prevention department reported to the police that the pair had stolen baby formula from four different Target stores that day.
Riverside police traveled to Hemet to get the two women and brought them back to the Robert Presley Detention Center.
20 year-old Alyssa Priscilla Luces, of Rialto, was arrested on suspicion of four felonies and six misdemeanors. Charges included possessing tear gas, willful harm to a child, conspiracy to commit a felony and impersonating another person. Her bail was set at $100,000.
29 year-old Chanel Walker, of San Bernardino was arrested on second-degree burglary, child endangerment and suspicion of conspiracy to commit a felony. Her bail was set at $35,000.