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Homeless woman arrested for assault on downtown Vernon store owner

VERNON - A homeless woman was arrested after she allegedly turned violent and assaulted the owner of a downtown Vernon business when she was asked to leave her bag at the front of the store.

According to Vernon North Okanagan RCMP media release, witnesses told police the woman entered the store located in the 3200 block of 30 Avenue and was told she had to leave her bag at the front for security reasons.

RCMP said an exchange between the store owner and the woman quickly escalated and the woman allegedly assaulted the assistant and caused significant damage to the store. When police arrived at the scene two bystanders were restraining the suspect on the ground.

The incident occurred on Friday, Sept. 20, shortly before 11 a.m.

"This incident, although isolated, is one that no business owner wants to be faced with," Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett said in the release. "Police believe the female suspect may have been under the influence of an unknown substance, given her erratic behaviour, which continued while in police custody.

"The RCMP would like to commend the good Samaritans that came to the aid of the store owner at the time of the incident, as their efforts aided in keeping the female suspect under control until police arrived on scene."

Jayleen Fuller, 28, of no fixed address, faces a number of potential charges, including assault and mischief, RCMP said. She was held in police custody and is scheduled to appear in court in the future.

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