Monday March 3, 2014, at approximately 6:07 pm, Deputies of the
Apple Valley Police Station were dispatched to a report of a strong chemical
smell coming from the bathroom at Walmart on Hwy 18, in Apple Valley. Apple Valley Fire District personnel also
responded. The chemical was found to be
pepper spray that had been deployed in the restroom. Shortly after responding to Walmart,
employees of McDonalds and Jack in the Box called in to report similar
circumstances in their restrooms.
Another call followed shortly by Banner Mattress where an $1100. mattress
had been sprayed with pepper spray.
was able to remove the chemical from the bathroom without evacuating their
store. McDonalds and Jack in the Box had
to close the inside restaurant for the night and one employee of Jack in the
Box went home feeling ill from the smell of the pepper spray.
investigation, the suspect was identified as Richard Pelletier of Apple Valley.
Pelletier was located at his home and arrested without incident. Pelletier was booked at High Desert Detention
Center on charges of PC 594-felony vandalism.
Refer: Karen Hunt, Crime Prevention Officer
Phone No. 760-240-7400