NEWARK — The Department of Public Safety in New Jersey's most populous city is searching for a woman accused of pepper-spraying a victim and stealing that person's purse following what is being reported as a road rage incident Friday afternoon.

The department said in a Facebook post that video surveillance captured the suspect spraying the victim with OC spray and taking the handbag just before 2 p.m. Friday in the area of 14th Avenue and South 12th Street.

No further information was given about the instance of road rage that was reported to have preceded the encounter.

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The suspect, a Black female, was identified as wearing a security uniform for Allied Universal, a Conshohocken, Pa.-based company with two offices in Newark.

At the time of the incident, she was driving a black, four-door BMW, approximately between the model years 2003 and 2010, according to police.

Anyone with information can call the 24-hour Crime Stoppers tipline at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477), visit, or download the Newark Police Division app.

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