Cops: Woman Tried to Poison Juice Sold at Starbucks

Police say customer saw her, saved lives

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 30, 2013 4:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – An alert customer at Starbucks may have saved lives by derailing an alleged plot to poison orange juice sold there. Police say Ramineh Behbehanian, 50, put two bottles of juice spiked with a lethal amount of rubbing alcohol into the display case of a store in San Jose, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. A customer saw her put the bottles inside the case and told a store employee, who followed Behbehanian out of the store and jotted down her license plate.

Police tracked her down and charged her with attempted murder after determining that the bottles had enough rubbing alcohol to kill someone who drank it, reports Inside Bay Area. "We don't know if she has done this before or if she had plans to do this again," a police spokesman tells AP. "We have no reason to believe that there are other coffee shops with similar dangers."

This photo released by the San Jose Police Department shows Ramineh Behbehanian, 50.
This photo released by the San Jose Police Department shows Ramineh Behbehanian, 50.   (AP Photo/San Jose Police Dept.)
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If it weren't for the actions of that customer, I believe we'd be talking about a homicide right now. - San Jose police Sgt. Jason Dwyer

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