Police: Woman Steals Boots, Pepper Sprays 30, Pulls Knife at Mall

Police said Cierra Bianca Scott, 24, discharged pepper spray after being confronted for shoplifting near the Off Broadway Shoes store. As many as 30 people were affected.

Cierra Bianca Scott was arrested after police said she fired pepper spray at a mall employee. (Credit: AACOPD)
Cierra Bianca Scott was arrested after police said she fired pepper spray at a mall employee. (Credit: AACOPD)
A Baltimore woman has been charged with assault and theft after police said she stole boots from a store at Arundel Mills and then discharged pepper spray when confronted. 

Police said as many 30 people were affected by the spray, and one store employee was hospitalized.

According to a police press release, officers responded outside the Off Broadway Shoes store at about 3:30 p.m. following a report of shoplifting and assault. Police learned that the suspect stole boots from the store and then was confronted by the store manager. She fired pepper spray at the store manager, and the spray affected more than two dozen other people in the mall. 

Police said a loss prevention officer approached the woman as she tried to leave the mall, and she threatened the officer with a small knife.

The prevention officer managed to pull the knife away from the woman, but was sprayed with the pepper spray. He then pulled the spray away from the suspect and used it on her, police said. 

Loss prevention and mall security then took the woman into custody. 

Those affected by the pepper spray were treated on the scene, with one store employee taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center for treatment. The suspect was also taken to BWMC. 

The suspect in the case is identified as Cierra Bianca Scott, 24, of Brookwood Road in Baltimore. She was charged with theft, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and robbery.

Sam from Laurel January 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Mr. Lemke, the constitution of the United States allows individuals a fair trial. As bad as those acts are "allegedly". She has not been convicted of any crime. Also you were not quoting the police report, because there were no "quotation marks" around the allegations. Just some constructive criticism. The patch is a great idea, keep up the good work. That way you maybe able to off set the destruction caused by the internationally criminally indicted organization founded by Rupert Murdoch.
Steve Perkins January 23, 2014 at 01:22 PM
has anyone pulled this girls' record!? it is Disgusting the amount of times she has been charged with both theft, assault, possession of a weapon (concealed switchblades), more assaults both first and second degree, possession of narcotics with intent to distribute on school property... the list goes on.. and yet again, she's out on bail and will most likely walk away just like she has in the past along with all the other local scum that walks away with similar charges... WHO IS PROTECTING US AS LAW ABIDING CITIZENS!?!?!?! it looks like criminal thugs have more protection then the new mother who is taking her two year old daughter and newborn to the mall to get new shoes... THAT IS DISGUSTING -- if you ask me anyway.
Diane in Odenton January 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Steve Perkins -- I agree 100%. This woman belongs in jail and not out on the streets victimizing our citizens. She has clearly demonstrated what kind of person she is.
Mark January 27, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Next she will be granted a CCW (carry concealed weapon) permit. She has found out a small bladed knife and pepper spray doesn't quite do the job. She needs a handgun to do her "job" correctly. Maybe we can offer every person in the Mall a carry weapon permit so these nuisance crimes won't happen as often. Yeah right!
Gordo K February 03, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Oh Sam can you see, by the dawn's early light. To even refer to the "alleged" perp as a "suspect" is extremely charitable. Yeah, OK, I realize that her race puts her in the oppressed category, but you need to get yourself an anti-victimhood inoculation.


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