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Security guards bitten, sprayed with mace by shoplifter, police say

A shoplifter sprayed mace in the face of one security guard and bit another before she was arrested in an incident Saturday night, Madison police reported.

Gevonna Marie Green, 18, of Madison, was jailed on a variety of tentative charges, including a weapons violation, substantial battery, retail theft and obstruction, following her arrest near the 2100 block of Zeier Road at about 7:40 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The shoplifting allegedly happened at Gordmans, 131 East Towne Mall.

Three other suspects — Caressa Richmond, 18, Octavia Jefferson, 17, and Demetria Patterson, 20, all of Madison — were tentatively charged with retail theft.

According to police, store security tried to detain the suspects in the parking lot of Gordmans, but all four got away when Green threw the merchandise taken from the store at a guard while spraying him in the face.

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"The guard was momentarily disabled, allowing the four suspects to flee," said police spokesman officer Howard Payne.

A different security guard who followed the suspects physically detained Green for police, but she allegedly bit him, drawing blood, according to an officer at the scene.

The stolen goods included a purse and socks.

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