A New Castle woman was arrested on Tuesday night after stealing merchandise from several stores at the Concord Mall and assaulting a Sears store employee once he tried to apprehend her.
The incident began at approximately 6:30 p.m. when a 33-year-old Sears loss-prevention employee was performing routine video surveillance in the store, Delaware State Police Cpl. John Day said. He observed a female, later identified as Kenyetta Reed, 21, of New Castle, concealing merchandise.
When Reed left the store, the loss-prevention employee confronted her, Day said. He identified himself and asked her to return to the store.
Instead, Reed ran through the parking lot, but she was caught by the employee, he said. A struggle ensued and Reed bit the employee several times.
A 48-year-old woman from Wilmington who was driving by witnessed the struggle and attempted to intervene, Day said. When she exited her vehicle, Reed broke free from the Sears employee and entered the vehicle. She tried to drive away, but the vehicle's owner, her husband, and the Sears employee were able to prevent Reed from putting the vehicle in gear.
After kicking the vehicle's owner in her chest several times and attempting to bite the Sears employee several more times, Reed was pulled from the vehicle and restrained until State Police Troopers arrived. Reed then lied to troopers about her name, Day said.
Reed was found to have stolen merchandise from Sears and three other stores in her possession, he said.
The Sears employee was treated at a local hospital for his bite wounds and released, Day said.
Additionally, the arresting trooper recognized Reed from an earlier incident, he said. That incident occurred on Feb. 3, 2013 at The Sports Authority, 1100 Rocky Run Parkway, in Wilmington. At 4:15 p.m. a Sports Authority loss-prevention employee observed Reed put on a pair of boots and walk out of the store, without providing payment. When the 27-year-old loss-prevention employee confronted Reed, she tried to flee, so he grabbed her to restrain her. Reed stabbed his hand several times with car keys, and bit the employee, eventually breaking free. She then entered a vehicle and drove away.
Reed was transported to Troop 1 where she was charged for both incidents. She was arraigned on two counts of robbery first degree, two counts of assault second degree, carjacking second degree, offensive touching with saliva, shoplifting under $1,500, criminal impersonation, offensive touching, conspiracy third degree, and driving while suspended.
She was committed to Baylor Women's Correctional Institute in lieu of $137,000 cash bail.