A California woman is being accused of attempted murder after allegedly attacking a store clerk who refused to sell her a single bottle of beer.
The incident happened about 1 p.m. Sunday, when 46-year-old Teresa Aguayo entered a family run market in Costa Mesa, Calif., and asked to buy a bottle of beer.
The clerk behind the counter refused since the store didn’t sell individual bottles. According to police, when Aguayo was denied a second time she allegedly began attacking the employee by throwing various items at her.
The employee then asked Aguayo to leave, but rather than exiting the store Aguayo allegedly went behind the counter and physically attacked the clerk. According to police, Aguayo used the beer bottle to repeatedly hit the clerk in the head and then forced her to drink rubbing alcohol and acetone. Aguayo then wrapped her head in a blanket, which caused the clerk to momentarily pass out. Police said that when the clerk regained consciousness Aguayo was spraying bug repellent in her face.
When police arrived, they had to physically pull Aguayo off the store clerk, according to police reports. Aguayo proceeded to kick and scream as she was arrested, police said.
“I don’t think it’s a stretch of imagination that she was grabbing everything she could to do serious harm or [possibly kill] the clerk,” Sgt. Phil Myers of Costa Mesa Police Department told ABCNews.com.
According to ABC News affiliate KABC-TV in Los Angeles, Aguayo’s arrest is the just latest entry on a long record that stretches back to 2001 and includes convictions for grand theft and assault with a deadly weapon.
Aguayo was booked on charges of attempted murder and held on a $500,000 bond.