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Starbucks Poisoning Suspect Being Released From Jail, Not Charged with Crime Yet

A woman arrested Monday after she allegedly placed two poisoned bottles of orange juice inside a refrigerator full of merchandise at a San Jose Starbucks store is being released from jail this afternoon, a sheriff’s spokesman said. Ramineh Behbehanian, 50, had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and felony poisoning after a customer said she swapped out two bottles of orange juice with her own tainted bottles that she brought to the store in a Starbucks bag on Monday afternoon.

Police said the fire department responded to the coffee shop, located at 6009 Snell Ave., and determined that the bottles allegedly contained lethal doses of rubbing alcohol. The case remains under review and Behbehanian has not been charged yet. “We were not able to file charges because the investigation is not complete,” Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Luis Ramos said. He said prosecutors either had to charge Behbehanian or release her by this afternoon. “It does not mean that charges will or will not be filed. There was just not enough time under the penal code to charge her,” he said.

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