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Man pepper sprayed after stealing Duke student's backpack

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Jeffrey Alan Velez Jr. is charged with felony larceny; resist, obstruct and delay officers; and second-degree trespass. Jeffrey Alan Velez Jr. is charged with felony larceny; resist, obstruct and delay officers; and second-degree trespass.
DURHAM, N.C. -

A man was pepper sprayed and then arrested Monday after he stole a backpack from a Duke student and tried to run away.

Police say Jeffrey Alan Velez Jr., 20, stole the backpack from the student in Perkins Library, and then was seen boarding a Duke University bus.

Police say Velez initially refused to exit the bus; but once he did, police say he resisted arrest.

Upon resisting arrest, officers used pepper spray to subdue Velez.

Velez was transported to the Durham County jail on charges of felony larceny; resist, obstruct and delay officers; and second-degree trespass.

Velez is being held in the Durham County Jail under a $5,000 bond.

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