Man arrested after teen is pepper sprayed and robbed, in Hoover Target parking lot

Man arrested after teen is pepper sprayed and robbed, in Hoover Target parking lot
Suspect arrested after strong arm robbery at Target in Hoover (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

HOOVER, Ala. (WBRC) - An arrest has been made after a teenager was robbed and pepper sprayed in the Target parking lot at The Grove in Hoover February 7.

28-year-old Gerald Geralmee Varise of Madison, Al is charged with robbery 3rd degree and criminal use of defense spray. He was taken into custody by Huntsville police Thursday and transferred to a Jefferson County Jail Friday with bonds totaling $30,000.

Investigators say the strong-arm robbery happened Friday, February 7, at 3:38 p.m.

The teenage victim said he was sitting in his mother's car when he was approached by a man. The suspect reached into the victim's vehicle, and attempted to take cash from a purse.

When the victim tried to stop the theft, he was sprayed with pepper spray by the suspect.

After taking property from the victim, the suspect left the area in a white, four-door passenger car driven by another man.

The teen victim was treated at the scene for exposure to pepper spray by Hoover Fire medics.

A surveillance image of the suspects was taken prior to the robbery.

Suspects wanted in strong-arm robbery
Suspects wanted in strong-arm robbery (Source: Hoover Police Depat.)

Anyone with information about this case, is asked to call contact Sergeant Daniel Lowe at 205-739-6762. If you wish to remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward, you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at 205-254-7777.

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