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Woman behind mall’s sickening odor charged

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A MAGISTRATE’S complaint has been filed against Malissa Jean Reyes, the woman who was caught on camera spraying a substance while inside a store at the Agana Shopping Center.

The spraying incident caused at least nine people to become ill, three of whom were rushed to the hospital.

Nine counts of assault and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, were filed against Reyes, but the Guam Police Department is also seeking the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s assistance in charging her in federal court.

Officer A.J. Balajadia, GPD spokesman, said investigators are asking anyone affected by the Tuesday night incident to come forward “so that we can add their names and information to the report and forward it to the Attorney General’s Office for possible additional counts and charges.”

So far only nine people – five Docomo employees and four Vitamin World staff – have been identified as victims when Reyes squirted what appeared to be pepper spray into the air while inside the Docomo store at around 8 p.m.

The victims fell ill just minutes after an unknown substance was triggered. They experienced coughing, difficulty in breathing, and impaired vision. Three employees were brought to GMH for treatment. Several stores had to be evacuated and the shopping center was closed for the rest of the evening.

The following day, police reviewed surveillance footage from the Agana Shopping Center, which revealed a female suspect spraying an unknown substance into the air. The suspect could be seen smiling after spraying the substance. One of the officers recognized the suspect on the surveillance video as Reyes.

Police officers went out to meet Reyes but when she saw the officers arriving, Reyes spontaneously uttered: “I know why you guys are here. I sprayed that thing. I got scared and didn’t know what to do.”

After interviewing the defendant and other witnesses, GPD confirmed that the unknown substance sprayed at the Docomo store was pepper spray.

Reyes, however, denied intentionally spraying the pepper spray. She said she did not inform authorities because she was scared. She admitted she did not immediately leave the shopping center because she was curious as to how the situation was going to be handled.

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