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Mall shoppers help security guard subdue suspect

Mall shoppers help security guard subdue suspect

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Police say a woman with a can of pepper spray joined other customers to help subdue a shoplifting suspect at a northeast Georgia Macy's store.

Athens-Clarke police say a security guard spotted a man stuffing clothes into a bag in Georgia Square Mall in Athens Wednesday.

Police said that when the suspect was confronted, he tried to choke the security guard and punched him several times in the ribs.

They say several shoppers intervened, including a woman who sprayed the fighting men with a can of pepper spray, and an off-duty probation officer who helped to handcuff the suspect.

Police said the suspect faces charges of felony theft by shoplifting and battery. Authorities say the guard was not seriously hurt.