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ATHENS | Holiday shoppers join forces to stop suspected shoplifter
ATHENS | Holiday shoppers join forces to stop suspected shoplifter

ATHENS, Ga. -- A woman with a can of pepper spray joined other customers to help subdue a shoplifting suspect at an Athens Macy's Wednesday.

A security guard reportedly spotted a man stuffing clothes into a bag at Georgia Square Mall. When the suspect was confronted, he tried to choke the security guard and punched him several times in the ribs, according to Athens-Clarke County Police.

Officers said several shoppers intervened, including the woman who sprayed the fighting men with pepper spray, and an off-duty probation officer who helped to handcuff the suspect.

The suspect, who has not been named, faces charges of battery and felony shoplifting, according to police. The guard was not seriously hurt.

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