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Santa Clara County DA Will Not Charge Woman Accused Of Tainting Drinks

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The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office will not be filing charges against a woman who was accused of placing rubbing alcohol in two bottles of orange juice at a Starbucks in San Jose last month, a prosecutor said today. Ramineh “Romi” Behbehanian, 50, was arrested following the incident at a Starbucks at 6009 Snell Ave. on April 29. Police arrested Behbehanian on suspicion of attempted murder after San Jose fire officials made the determination that the bottles contained lethal amounts of rubbing alcohol. However, results of tests on the orange juice showed the liquid included vinegar, which is not considered a harmful substance, Supervising Deputy District Attorney Luis Ramos said today. Prosecutors determined they could not rule out that the vinegar in the juice might have occurred naturally. “We don’t feel that we can prove the she committed any crime,” Ramos said.

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