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Woman busted for pepper-spraying, robbing Uber driver

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A Florida woman was taken into custody Friday for an Uber ride that ended in robbery.

Police said Lontaisha Sharquay Durham, 21, and another woman pepper-sprayed and robbed an Uber driver during an April 4 ride in Delray Beach, Florida.

When the two women reached their destination, one of them allegedly used the pepper spray on the driver, Hermionne Belfort, temporarily blinding her, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Belfort said when she was able to see again, the passengers had vanished and her wallet, which was in the center car’s console, was missing.

The 29-year-old Uber driver reported the incident and was treated for exposure to pepper spray.

Police found Durham three days later with a nearly-empty bottle of pepper spray in her purse a few blocks from the scene of the robbery.

Durham was identified by the Uber driver in a police lineup and arrested, the Palm Beach Post reported.

She was booked Friday at Palm Beach County Jail, where she is being held on $3,000 bail. The arrest report does not indicate if the other suspect is at-large.


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