Woman arrested after brandishing gun at Kardashian boutique

In this Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, video image released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, actively searching for this suspect waving a machete at news reporters outside the Kardashian-owned DASH boutique in West Hollywood, Calif. KCBS-TV reported that after pointing a gun at employees inside the store, the woman returned and swung a machete at reporters and photographers outside the boutique before sticking it through a slot in the front door. (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who pointed a gun at employees inside the Kardashian-owned DASH boutique in West Hollywood while screaming about Cuba and then returned hours later to wave a machete at reporters has been arrested, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Friday.

Maricia Medrano, 35, was arrested on suspicion of assault and making criminal threats, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Medrano walked into the DASH boutique late Thursday morning, pointed a handgun at two employees and shouted “stay away from Cuba,” the statement said. She then knocked several items off a counter and left.

About two hours later, Medrano returned with a 14-inch (36-centimeter) machete and swung it at reporters and photographers who had gathered outside the shop after the robbery, threatening to stab them, the statement said.

The woman was captured on video saying, “The Kardashians will be executed if they step on communist territory.”

Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian visited Havana, Cuba, in May 2016.

No one was injured and the Medrano got away both times before deputies arrived.

Sheriff’s investigators served a search warrant at Medrano’s home in Los Angeles Thursday night and found two guns that fire BB-like projectiles. The guns looked similar to the one used inside the store, the statement said.

Medrano was arrested and was being held Friday for lack $50,000 bail.

A message left at a number listed for Medrano in public records wasn’t immediately returned. The sheriff’s department did not know if she had a lawyer who could comment on the allegations.

The three sisters founded DASH, which sells clothing and accessories, in 2006. There is a second store in Miami Beach, Florida.

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