Woman flees police after reported shoplifting
The following information was provided by reports filed with the Barboursville Police Department:
SHOPLIFTING: Officers responded to two shoplifting reports at Sears in the Huntington Mall last weekend.
The first incident was reported by employees Sunday afternoon.
A 34-year-old Flatwoods, Ky., woman was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting, second offense, and a 34-year-old woman from Ashland, Ky., was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting, first offense.
Employees reported a woman who had been detained by the store's loss prevention officers had fled the store in handcuffs, and she had cut herself. They said the woman kept yelling to employees she had AIDS as she attempted to break the glass from a vehicle in the parking lot in an attempt to gain entry. When officers arrived, she complied with their commands, but she had urinated and defecated on herself. Emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene, and they determined the woman likely had broken her hand. She was taken to a local hospital.
Employees told police the woman worked with a second woman to conceal more than $400 in merchandise and leave the store without paying. The second woman complied with loss prevention officers, and a background check revealed the first woman had a prior shoplifting conviction.
The second incident was reported Monday afternoon, when two women came into the store and attempted to take a pair of $30 pajama pants by concealing them in a bag. The suspects, a 22-year-old woman from Blue Creek, Ohio, and a 22-year-old woman from Portsmouth, each were issued a citation from officers and released from custody.
BATTERY: A 17-year-old male juvenile reported he was exiting the restroom of a gas station along East Mall Road Sunday evening, and an unknown male punched him twice in the face and fled the area. The report indicated the victim had cuts on his face and possibly a broken nose, but he refused medical treatment at the scene. Surveillance footage of the incident shows the suspect and another person "stalking" the victim prior to the incident.
PETIT LARCENY: A 40-year-old woman reported someone stole her juvenile son's cellphone while at a business in the Huntington Mall Sunday afternoon. The son told police he dropped his cellphone inside the business, and witnesses told police they saw a man pick up the phone and leave the area in a red Dodge Challenger. The incident remains under investigation.
BATTERY: A 16-year-old girl reported to police that she was involved in an altercation at a store in the Huntington Mall Sunday afternoon. She filed the report in the presence of her father.
The girl told police she was in the store when a woman called her a "whore," and a verbal altercation ensued, which eventually led to a physical altercation. The girl said two women threw a clothing rack at her and kneed her in the stomach. The fight was broken up by another person in the store. The incident remains under investigation.
BATTERY, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A 26-year-old man reported he was in the parking lot of a business in the 3600 block of U.S. 60 Saturday morning. He told officers he began urinating in front of a car in the lot, and a person in the car told him to stop. He said he became involved in an argument with that person, who threw a beer can at him.
The other person, a 27-year-old man, told police he attempted to leave the area with his party after throwing the beer can. He said he was leaving the lot when the man punched the hood of his vehicle, causing a small dent to the hood.
No one had been charged in connection with the incident at the time of the report.