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Fall River Police Department

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Police are searching for a man who pepper-sprayed an eight-months-pregnant woman after allegedly trying to rob her on North Main Street.

Wicked Local reported that he victim, 22, was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital for treatment.

There were no indications of problems with her unborn baby, Fall River Police Detective JD Costa said.

The assailant — described as a white man in his 20s with a medium build — ran toward Heritage Heights after dousing the woman with pepper spray. He did not take anything from the victim, Costa said.

Fall River Police Officer Gary Pasternak interviewed the victim after responding to her residence around 4 p.m. Monday.

The victim said she had withdrawn money about 30 minutes earlier from the Bank of America at 10 N. Main St. While walking home on Durfee Street, the woman said, the assailant approached her and demanded money, Costa said.

The woman said she pushed the man, who then doused her with the pepper spray and ran off, Costa said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Fall River Police Major Crimes Detective Thomas Chace at 508-324-2796, or to call the police department’s anonymous tips line at 508-672-TIPS.

Pair to appear in Natick court

NATICK, Mass. — Two men from Philadelphia are under arrest after an attempted armed robbery at the Neiman Marcus in Natick.

Police say Anthony Waters, 27, and two unidentified women entered Neiman Marcus shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday.

Waters stood by while one of the unknown females used tools to cut six security wires, police said. Waters then left the area and returned moments later with 19-year-old Donald Freeman.

Waters and Freeman allegedly stole six purses that were valued at $27,300 and ran toward the door.

Waters was confronted by a security guard, and the pair got into a confrontation, during which the guard was sprayed in the face with pepper spray.

Police allege Freeman ran for a waiting car. A second security guard was able to apprehend him and the merchandise as the car took off. The vehicle dragged the guard a short distance until he was able to pull Freeman and the merchandise from the vehicle. The two women fled the area.

The guards were evaluated and released from a local hospital.  Waters and Freeman are scheduled to appear Monday in Natick District Court.