Ebony Summers
Photo: Gainesville Police Department
Photo: Gainesville Police Department

Police: Gainesville woman pepper-sprayed dollar store employee during armed robbery

A Gainesville woman was arrested Wednesday after being accused of two armed robberies, including one that ended with an employee being pepper-sprayed in the face, authorities said.

Ebony Summers, 38, faces several charges after the two incidents, which took place over the weekend, Gainesville police said in a news release. 

The first robbery took place about midnight Saturday when Summers stole miscellaneous items from the CVS off Jesse Jewell Parkway, the release said. The items were worth less than $300, but she faces two felonies due to her alleged actions during her escape.

Summers is accused of presenting “pepper spray in an offensive manner” to a store clerk, netting her armed robbery and felony shoplifting charges, according to the release.

About nine hours later, Summers walked into the Family Dollar off Atlanta Highway and filled a plastic tote with items, the release said. She’s accused of not paying for any of them.

When a store employee confronted her, Summers pepper-sprayed the worker, the release said. In this incident, Summers faces counts of theft by taking, simple battery and armed robbery.

Authorities were able to identify Summers as the suspect in both robberies using surveillance footage from the Family Dollar.

About 6 a.m. Wednesday, police were called to the QuickTrip off West Ridge Road, where Summers knocked over shelves and threatened to pepper-spray employees, the release said.

When officers arrived, they recognized her as the armed robbery suspect.

Summers was taken into custody without further issue and charged with disorderly conduct in the QuickTrip incident, police said. She was booked into the Hall County jail, where she remains without bond, records show.

Police said Summers has been connected to other pending cases throughout Hall County, and those investigations remain active.

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