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Language Barrier May Have Led to Taser Incident Involving Newton Woman

A Newton woman reportedly faces charges after an altercation outside a shopping mall Apple store.

Updated 4:30 p.m.

Nashua, NH, police say they had to use a Taser on a Newton, MA, woman yesterday while trying to arrest her at a mall, an incident that may have been the result of a language barrier.

Newton, Mass. resident Xiaojie Li was arrested Tuesday at the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua, NH, after she allegedly trespassed at the mall's Apple Store, New Hampshire's WMUR reported today.

According to the WMUR report, Xiaojie claims she cannot not speak English and didn't understand why the Apple Store called the police. 

Xiaojie told WMUR she was attempting to buy several iPhones for family in China. Apple employees informed her she was limited to just two, but she claims she spotted other customers buying more than two phones. The store then asked Xiaojie to leave and requested a no-trespass order. 

Xiaojie returned to the store on Tuesday and was asked to leave again. At that point, the store employees called police. 

A nearby shopper caught video of the Taser incident, which shows police arresting Xiaojie. Viewers can hear the apparent screams from Xiaojie as well as the buzzing of the Taser. 

For more information, read the full story on WMUR

Updated 4:30 p.m.: Nashua Police say the use of the Taser was warranted in the arrest of a Newton woman at a shopping mall this week.

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concerned citizen December 13, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Well that's a definitive statement about everything that happened to that little 80 pound, four foot nothing Asian women last night. I apologize for the people that embarrassed our country and hurt you last night. You think a couple of outstanding citizens would of stepped up and tried to straighten the problem out before it escalated into the nightmare that went national then viral.
Melanie Graham (Editor) December 13, 2012 at 02:58 AM
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Charles Hatch December 13, 2012 at 02:22 PM
This woman should retain an attorney Immediately. The Nashua New Hampshire Police Department has a Long history of civil Law suits filed against them.
BobbyWong December 13, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Did language barrier led to the Apple store refusing to sell her iPhones? I suspect racism. Google "Apple lifts iPhone limit" you'll see Apple had lifted the two per customer limit. I even called the Pheasant Lane Apple Store and was told I could buy more than two phones.
PeteM December 13, 2012 at 07:49 PM
With $16,000 in her bag, it sounds like she was looking for more than a couple of iPhones! Also, if she lives in Newton, why wasn't she shopping at the Chestnut Hill Mall? Oh, to avoid Sales Tax. Language barrier - only in her mind!
John December 13, 2012 at 09:46 PM
What's wrong if she was indeed trying to travel for a longer distance to avoid sale tax legally if she was planning on doing a large amount of purchase?
shishi.ralph December 21, 2012 at 02:50 AM
After reading this video is very angry! Think the future will tell all family and friends do not have the Apple phone .Why treat Chinese women of the language barrier so rude? and why the Apple store called the police? They can think of a way to find a translator to tell customers not to buy more (and I think can not buy more the stupid rules), there is no need to call the police, and called the police there is no need to use that a language is not universal weak woman species looks very violent arrest ... to hear the woman's screams, we can feel her pain ..... too terrible ... feeling such arrests by the police was horrible. ....

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