HCPD suspect

Horry County police are searching for a female who pepper-sprayed an employee Monday at The North Face store at Tanger Outlets off of U.S. 17 near Myrtle Beach. Anyone with information is asked to call Horry County police at 843-248-1520.

The Horry County Police Department is searching for a person who assaulted a Myrtle Beach area store employee with pepper spray, according to a news release.

The assault was reported at The North Face at Tanger Outlets around 6 p.m. Monday. The store is located on Kings Road off of U.S. 17.

Officers learned a group of shoppers had been suspected of shoplifting by store employees, who started “store-dictated standard intervention procedures,” the release said.

The employees reported that the shoppers become irate. As the situation escalated, one of the employees started recording the encounter on a cellphone.

After momentarily leaving the business, one of the shoppers returned and sprayed the employee who was recording with pepper spray. The female, who is wanted on an assault charge, then fled.

The employee who was sprayed was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to a police report.

Anyone with information is asked to call the HCPD at 843-248-1520.

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