Woman sentenced for attacking Walmart manager with bug spray

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 17, 2014 

A woman was arrested after allegedly spraying a Walmart manager in the eyes with bug spray when he tried to stop her from leaving with a cart full of items she didn't pay for.

FOR THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

BELLINGHAM - A woman who sprayed a Walmart manager in the face with bug spray has been sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Jennifer Lynn Sobjack, 26, pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary in Whatcom County Superior Court on Monday, July 14.

Sobjack sprayed insecticide in the face of Walmart manager Ian Blevins as she was trying to leave the store with a cart full of unpaid groceries on April 10, 2014.

Blevins was not seriously hurt and walked back into the store after being sprayed.

This incident, which was captured on store security video, marked Sobjack's third arrest in one year from the Walmart store on Meridian Street.

She was banned from Walmart following her first arrest in February.

In March, Sobjack was arrested again for setting off an alarm as she tried to leave through a fire exit with unpaid goods.

In the bug spray case, Judge Charles Snyder sentenced Sobjack to prison and ordered her to stay away from Blevins and from all Walmart and Target stores.

The burglary plea stemmed from the March incident at Walmart. She will serve the 12-month sentence for that concurrently with her robbery sentence. She also must comply with a substance abuse evaluation.

Sobjack has a long criminal history, including a few unusual cases. In 2010 she was arrested after she and a man allegedly burglarized a home, stealing electronics and a pet Chihuahua, following a drug deal gone wrong.

Reach Matthew Thompson at 360-715-2249 or matthew.thompson@bellinghamherald.com.

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