EAST GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — A woman accused of shoplifting allegedly pepper sprayed and assaulted police officers who attempted to arrest her Friday.
Police say Latoya Moe, 31, of Brooklyn, removed merchandise valued at about $1,100 from a Victoria’s Secret located inside Roosevelt Field Mall in East Garden City.
When officers located Moe, she used pepper spray on both officers, police said.
As officers tried to place Moe under arrest, she refused orders to place her hands behind her back and began to kick, bite, spit and punch the cops, according to authorities.
She was eventually taken into custody, and the officers were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries, police said.
Moe faces charges of assault with intent to cause physical injury to a police officer, grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon, obstructing governmental administration with a spray device, resisting arrest, false personation and possession of burglar tools.
Correction: Police on Monday released a different name for the suspect in this crime. Police said Moe falsely reported her identity.