On Saturday evening, a female salesperson at the H&M in Georgetown was beaten and sprayed with pepper spray. The woman who assaulted her was one of four women the victim had recognized as shoplifters and had been following as they walked around the store.
Unusually, the report about the incident from the Metropolitan Police Department does not list the store where the incident took place, only that it took place on the second floor of the shop. The victim of the crime, however, confirmed for Vox that she was an employee at the Georgetown H&M.
According to the report, the victim had followed the four women into the back of the store (she had “prior knowledge” that they were shoplifters) where she got involved in a “verbal altercation” with the woman who would assault her. Her assailant then sprayed her in the face with a “chemical spray” that responding officers identified as OC spray, and then began to punch her face and body.
All four women fled the scene in an unknown direction while the victim began having a reaction to the pepper spray. When officers arrived on the scene and tried to treat her, they began to have a reaction to the spray, too.
The suspects are all described as black females between the ages of 18 and 22. The assailant is described as between 5’9″ and 5’11″ and slender. The report says the victim refused to be taken anywhere for further treatment.