PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police are on the lookout for a woman they say sprayed a convenience store clerk with pepper spray and bit him before fleeing in a robbery attempt early Wednesday morning.

According to a late Wednesday afternoon news release issued by Portland police Lt. James Sweatt, the clerk at the 7-Eleven at 27 Washington Ave. reported the robbery at about 1:15 a.m.

“It was reported to responding officers that a female entered the store and asked the male clerk for a carton of cigarettes,” Sweatt wrote. “The female then attempted to spray the clerk with some type of pepper spray. The clerk who reacted quickly was able to briefly grab the suspect, but eventually let her go after being bitten on the hand.”

The woman allegedly fled without the cigarettes, Sweatt said, and no one was seriously injured in the incident.

The suspect was described as a white woman with dark hair in her 30s, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and 140 pounds, according to police. She was described as wearing a tan jacket, blue jeans and a winter hat.

Anyone with information should contact the department by texting the keyword GOTCHA, plus a message, to 274637, sending a tip through the website www.portland-police.com or by calling 874-8584.

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.