The Richmond Register

November 14, 2012

Shoplifting suspect nearly hits store employee with car

Register staff report

RICHMOND — A woman that J.C. Penney employees believe was shoplifting nearly hit a worker with her vehicle when she was confronted about the theft, according to a Richmond police report.

Officers responded to the store Saturday and were told that the woman was seen concealing numerous items, according to an RPD release. The woman left the store without paying.

A loss prevention worker tried to stop her in the parking lot but she “revved the engine and almost struck the employee while fleeing the lot,” according to the release.

The woman was driving a red Chevrolet Cobalt, according to the RPD.

Man charged with hitting officer

A man who police say struck an officer during his arrest for failing to appear in court is now facing a felony assault charge.

Jeffery Phelps, 27, Linden Street, was charged Saturday with third-degree assault, resisting arrest and promoting contraband in addition to the original failure-to-appear charge.

Phelps “became belligerent and pushed and struck the arresting officer” when he was being arrested, according to the RPD release.

At the jail, a detention center deputy found a small bag of marijuana in Phelps’ pants, the release stated.

Anyone with information about the above case is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.