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Store manager pepper sprays suspect during store robbery

37-year-old Jelani Barnes (Source: OPSO) 37-year-old Jelani Barnes (Source: OPSO)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a robbery at a New Orleans East CVS Pharmacy. 

The incident happened just 1 p.m. Friday at the store located at 5902 Read Boulevard. 

According to police, the store manager spotted 37-year-old Jelani Barnes putting items into a garbage bag. When the manager approached Barnes and asked him if he planned to pay for the items, he told her no. There was a scuffle between the manager and Barnes which resulted in Barnes being pepper sprayed by the store manager. Barnes fled the store and called 911. 

Barnes was later arrested by police and booked into Orleans Parish Prison for Simple Robbery. 

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