Five charged with robbing shop at Domain, pepper spraying employee

  • Anusha Lalani
  • Anusha.Lalani@coxinc.com
8:44 p.m Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 Local
Austin police patrol vehicles. TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Five people are being charged with robbery by assault after one of them squirted an employee with pepper spray as they stole nearly $3,000 in clothing from the Victoria’s Secret Pink store in the Domain shopping center, according to an arrest affidavit.

On Thursday around 3:29 p.m., police received a call about a robbery at the store, where they spoke with two employees, one of whom could not force her eyes open because of the pepper spray, according to the affidavit. The workers said that four people walked into the store and began putting a large number of items into shopping bags, according to the court document.

One store employee told police she recognized one of the women from a previous theft at the store. The other employee told officers she went to the front of the store and stood by a window, near a table where three of the suspects had gathered, the document says.

A man who was with the group at the table then pulled out a can of pepper spray and sprayed the employee in the face, and the robbers all fled from the store, the affidavit says.

Less than two hours later, police found a group of people matching the description provided by the store employees at a Chick-fil-A about 10 miles from the scene of the robbery, according to the document. All were arrested without incident.

Police identified the robbers as Diavian Curry, 17, Levi Cleophus Shaw III, 22, Tresor Monet Latin, 18, and Dwona Dnae Murphy, 20. Police also arrested Tunsia Ann Young, 22, who drove the getaway car, the affidavit says.

Young and Curry are currently at Travis County jail with Young’s bond set at $20,000 and Curry’s bond set at $15,000, as of Saturday. Shaw is also at Travis County jail without a bond set. Jail records indicate Latin and Murphy were no longer in custody Saturday evening.

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