A convicted felon and her suspected cohort allegedly pepper-sprayed and struck a Moreno Valley man before stealing his car keys and cash, authorities said Thursday.

Patrice Olivia Jackson, 29, and Malik Nicholsel, 28, both of Moreno Valley, were arrested Wednesday following a Riverside County sheriff’s investigation.

Both suspects were booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside — Jackson on suspicion of robbery, receiving stolen property and probation violations, and Nicholsel on suspicion of robbery and receiving stolen property. She’s being held without bail; he’s being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Brandi Swan, about 5 a.m. Wednesday, the pair allegedly confronted the victim, whose identity was not released, outside his residence in the 24600 block of Eucalyptus Avenue.

The man told deputies that Jackson and Nicholsel allegedly shot pepper spray into his face and then hit him, demanding that he surrender his wallet and the keys to his car. The victim complied, and the suspects fled, according to Swan.

After investigators reached the scene, a K9 team was summoned, and the dog was put on the suspects’ trail, the sergeant said.

During the search, a witness pointed out an apartment on Eucalyptus into which the pair allegedly ran, Swan said.

Jackson and Nicholsel were questioned and taken into custody. The pepper spray and the victim’s property were seized, according to Swan.

According to court records, Jackson has prior convictions for pandering, assault on a custodial officer and theft.

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