Greensboro teen accused of spraying pepper spray in store

Frank Bryan Grove Jr., 17, of Greensboro.

Frank Bryan Grove Jr., 17, of Greensboro.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Greensboro teenager is accused of spraying a can of pepper spray inside a Barnes & Noble bookstore, causing injuries to customers.

The Greensboro News & Record reported that 17-year-old Frank Bryan Grove Jr. faces various charges after being arrested on Thursday.

The suspect is accused of setting off a pepper spray canister inside a restroom at the business at 3102 Northline Ave. on Dec. 27.

Investigators said around 25 people were in the store including an 11-year-old boy, all of whom were evacuated.

Authorities said some people in the business started coughing. Injuries including respiratory distress were reported, although nobody was taken to the hospital, according to police.

Police, firefighters and a HazMat team responded to the scene around 9:30 p.m.

The suspect gathered with three other males and created a public disturbance, according to police. A motive has not been released.

The suspect faces 29 misdemeanor charges of simple assault, a felony charge of incite to riot and a misdemeanor charge of assault on a child.

Grove was placed in the Guilford County Jail under a $25,000 bond and has court planned for Feb. 11.