Teen charged in NC Walmart pepper spray incident that sent 3 to hospital

First responders at the Aberdeen Walmart on Sunday. Photo by Aberdeen Times.
First responders at the Aberdeen Walmart on Sunday. Photo by Aberdeen Times.

ABERDEEN, N.C. (WNCN) — Police have made an arrest in a weekend incident involving pepper spray that evacuated part of a Moore County Walmart and sent some people to the hospital.

Smithson in a photo from the Aberdeen Times.
Smithson in a photo from the Aberdeen Times.

Several people were treated by EMS workers and three were sent to the hospital after the incident before 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Aberdeen Walmart on Turner Street, the Aberdeen Times reported.

According to Aberdeen police officials, Samuel G. Smithson, 17, of Ashe Street was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury and two counts of simple assault.

The pepper spray was used in the electronics department in the store, which was evacuated, officials said. Other nearby departments in the store were also evacuated.

Police said that Smithson sprayed a form of pepper spray in the store after officials said they obtained the actual container used in the incident.

Officers were able to use surveillance  video from the store to help identify the suspect.

Smithson was transported to the Moore County Detention Center in Carthage where he was placed under a $5000 secure bond.

His first scheduled appearance in court is August 23.

First responders at the Aberdeen Walmart on Sunday. Photo by Aberdeen Times.
First responders at the Aberdeen Walmart on Sunday. Photo by Aberdeen Times.

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