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Police: Teen resists arrest, pepper sprays several people at local mall


GUILDERLAND, N.Y. – A 17-year-old Albany resident has been arrested after police say she pepper sprayed several people at the Macy's in Crossgates Mall.

Rayonna Ward was arrested and faces numerous charges after police say she resisted Loss Prevention officers attempting to detain her, spraying pepper spray. The spray hit two Loss Prevention officers, a Macy's employee and a shopper.

Ward was taken into custody by Loss Prevention with the help of an off duty law enforcement officer. The officer suffered a lacerated wrist during the apprehension.

She faces the following charges:

  • Four counts of Assault in the second-degree
  • Petit Larceny
  • Burglary in the third-degree
  • Criminal Possession of Burglary Tools
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Reckless Endangerment in the second-degree
  • Unlawfully Possessing Noxious Material
  • Criminal Nuisance in the second-degree

She also had two outstanding warrants, one from the Town of Guilderland for Petit Larceny and False Personation, and another from the City of Albany for False Personation.

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