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Pepper-spray attack suspect leaves jail

A Spokane woman accused of attacking an elderly woman with pepper spray in a North Side parking lot is out of jail on $2,000 bail.

Sherri L. Bester, alias Schlosser, 49, is accused of third-degree assault for an incident outside Home Depot, 9116 N. Newport Highway Sunday about 4 p.m.

Witnesses told Spokane police the attack was awful and unprovoked. “She was in so much pain,” according to court documents.

The victim told police Bester confronted her and called her husband a “jackass” for the way he parked. The woman told Bester “not to talk to her husband that way and that he is 82 years old.”

Bester told the couple they should not have their drivers license, then pepper sprayed the woman as the woman turned to walk into the store. The woman was temporarily blinded by the pepper spray and an extreme pain.

Police contacted Bester at her home about  8:15 p.m. Bester told an officer the woman “was asking for it” and that she used the pepper spray in self defense. Bester said the woman started it by the way her husband parked, according to court documents.

Bester, who has no serious criminal record, is to be arraigned Aug. 8. She left jail on Monday after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court.

Spokane theft suspect aids in own arrest

Police say a Spokane Valley man suspected of robbery made it easy for them on Sunday: He let employees copy his driver’s license number before leaving the store.

But Delano Edward Jennings, 47, was ordered released from jail Monday because prosecutors didn’t have the necessary documents from police.

Jennings was arrested after he left Home Depot, 5617 E. Sprague Ave., with a stolen electric fan and carpet shampoo, then punched a security guard in the face when confronted in the parking lot, according to police.

The guard had watched Jennings hand his driver’s license to another employee while exchanging items prior to the theft, police said.

Jennings fled eastbound with the stolen items, but the store still had a copy of his driver’s license number.

Spokane Valley police Officer Mike McNees remembered a domestic violence incident that was investigated at Jennings’ apartment a day earlier and alerted other officers, who located him at the home about 9 p.m.

Jennings was arrested on the robbery charge but left jail because prosecutors didn’t have a probable cause affidavit from police. Superior Court Judge Michael Price warned him that charges likely will eventually be filed.

Jennings is a felon with previous convictions for bail jumping, theft and delivery of cocaine.

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