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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.

Store fights booze thieves w/ mace

Employees at a Spokane grocery store pepper sprayed the front doors to try to stop two suspected booze thieves from attacking them on Friday, police say.

Police say Kerry Alan Zaugg, 24, appeared to be preparing to assault an employee at Grocery Boys, 3430 N. Crestline St., with a stolen $60 bottle of Grey Goose vodka until another employee emerged from the store with a baseball bat.

Zaugg had been chased in the parking lot after running from the store with the booze.

Co-defendant Norman L. Caoile, 25, was standing nearby and told employees to let Zaugg go after he gave them back the bottle. When an employee instead called 911, Caoile tried to knock the phone from his hand, then chased the employees back to the store with a tire iron, police say.

Police arrested the men in the parking lot. Caoile told officers he was trying to defend Zaugg with the tire iron because employees were continuing to attack him even after he'd given the booze bottle back.

Friday was the first day grocery stores could sell liquor in Washington. Zaugg and Caoile appeared in Superior Court Monday on charges of first-degree robbery.

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