SAN JOSE -- A San Jose woman was arrested Monday night after she allegedly tried to sneak tainted bottles of orange juice into a display at a South San Jose coffee shop, police said.
Ramineh Behbehanian, 50, was arrested on suspicion of the unusual crime of felony poisoning after hazardous materials technicians determined she had mixed rubbing alcohol and orange juice into bottles and placed them in a refrigerated display case at a Starbucks in the 6000 block of Snell Avenue.
According to San Jose police, Behbehanian had walked into the shop around 3:45 p.m. when a customer reported seeing her remove two bottles of orange juice from her purse and placed them alongside other refrigerated items in the store. When the customer alerted store staff, the woman fled from the store.
After examining the bottles and detecting what they described as a "toxic smell," store employees called 911 and a team from the San Jose Fire Department tested them.
Police tracked Behbehanian to her Chambertin Drive home about five miles away after a store employee offered up her license plate. After questioning her, officers arrested her.
No one consumed the spiked juice and the suspect's motive is unclear, police said. Additional details were expected Tuesday morning.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.