LIVE OAK -- A 24-year-old Santa Cruz woman is accused of spraying glass cleaner in a gas station clerk's eyes, stealing money from the register and later throwing a stapler at a different clerk.
Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Valero gas station on Capitola Road just before 1 p.m. Saturday for a reported robbery.
The clerk there told officers that the suspect, identified as Mary Elizabeth Warn, picked up a spray bottle of cleaner, sprayed her in the eyes and then stole an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.
As deputies were headed to the scene, Warn apparently went to the Live Oak Supermarket nearby, where she picked up a stapler and threw it at a grocery clerk, narrowly missing the woman's head, Sgt. Patrick Dimick said.
Warn struggled with officers who arrived to take her into custody and spit at one of them. She was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a caustic chemical, robbery, resisting arrest and battery on an officer. She also was arrested on suspicion of violating her probation. Warn was booked into County Jail, where she remained as of Monday, records showed.
In December 2010, Warn was arrested four days after she escaped from the Blaine Street Women's Facility. At the time, Warn was staying at the minimum-security jail after being convicted of felony drug possession. She had been in court several times that year on other drug charges, according
She apparently jumped the fence at Blaine Street on Dec. 21, 2010, and was arrested on Christmas Eve at an Almena Street home. Deputies were conducting a probation check at a man's house on the 100 block of Almena, where Warn was staying. She locked deputies out of the bedroom she was in and refused to come out. Deputies kicked down the door and Warn fled to the attic, clutching a bottle of champagne. She eventually was taken into custody after a brief struggle with officers.
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