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Thief allegedly pepper-sprays man

Sandusky Register Staff • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Nathaniel O’Brien, 24, of the 100 block of Concord Court, was charged with robbery.

Police were dispatched to the Norwalk Walmart at about 1:45 p.m., after employees and shoppers captured O’Brien.

Employees told police O’Brien tried to steal some items, but when they confronted him he tried to flee. Two bystanders in the parking lot intervened — an unidentified woman who stuck out her leg to trip O’Brien, which caused him to lose his shoe, and a man who grabbed O’Brien and held onto him until police arrived.

O’Brien allegedly tried to free himself by pulling out a can of aerosol pepper spray, which he sprayed on himself and the man who detained him, the report said.

Police took O’Brien to the Huron County jail on the robbery charge. There was also a warrant for his arrest on a probation violation.

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