Suspect Sprays Chemical On Shoppers At Bed And Bodyworks Store In Miami

July 18, 2021

By: Vick Regan

Saturday afternoon, more than 30 shoppers were injured when a suspect sprayed a strong repellent inside a Miami-area store, police said. 

Police arrived on the scene around 4:30 p.m. but have yet to make an arrest.  

After forcefully taking candles from the Bath & Body Works at Miami International Mall in Doral, Florida, the suspect fled in a yellow taxi said Doral Police spokesman Rey Valdes.  

Valdes said the repellent might have been bear spray, which is more potent than pepper spray. 

“We started coughing, actually, where we were, and we weren’t even that close,” a shopper told NBC Miami. “We felt it. We could smell it. We could breath it.”  

A manager who was sprayed directly in the face was hospitalized.  

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue department did not immediately respond to a request for information about the status of the shoppers.