Woman arrested at Starbucks for poisoning juice

12:20 PM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
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SAN JOSE, CA (KNTV) -- A 50-year-old woman was arrested Monday night after police say she removed two bottles of orange juice from a bag - which they say were filled with rubbing alcohol - and placed them on the shelf with other refrigerated items at a Starbucks in San Jose.

Police took Ramineh Behbehanian of San Jose into custody in connection with a poisoning charge. Authorities are still not sure why she would have allegedly mixed rubbing alcohol with some orange juice in the afternoon, left the bottles in the refrigerated section alongside some yogurt and milk, and left the Snell Avenue store about 3:30 p.m.

Customers spotted her putting the bottles in the refrigerator and noticed a toxic smell. The woman left, but someone got her license plate.

The San Jose Fire Department responded to the scene, retrieved the bottles and tested the contents with hazardous materials equipment.

It turned out, the bottles were filled with orange juice and isopropyl alcohol, commonly known as rubbing alcohol.

On Tuesday morning, customer Brent Breyer said he was a little "apprehensive" about what happened at his usual Starbucks. He said he often brings his young daughter, who routinely grabs for items in the refrigerated section.

Police were able to track her down at her home. Why she allegedly did it is unclear.

A Starbucks spokesperson told NBC Bay Area that the company destroyed all the other juices in the Snell Avenue store out of an abundance of caution and had all other stores in Bay Area check their juice seals. All checked out OK.

(NBC Bay Area)

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