WILMINGTON, Del., (CBS) – A New Castle woman was arrested after she allegedly stole merchandise, bit an employee, and attempted to steal a car at the Concord Mall Tuesday night.
Delaware State Police say the incident began at about 6:30 p.m. when a Sears employee saw a female, later identified as 21-year-old Kenyetta Reed of New Castle, concealing merchandise and leaving the store.
Police say the employee confronted Reed and asked her to return to the store. Instead, she ran through the parking lot, but was caught by the employee. Police say a struggle ensued, during which Reed allegedly bit the worker several times.
Authorities say a 48-year-old woman from Wilmington who was driving by witnessed the struggle, and attempted to intervene. Police say when she got out of her car, Reed broke free from the Sears employee and got into the car. Reed tried to drive away, but the car’s owner, her husband, and the Sears employee were able to prevent her from putting the vehicle in gear.
Reed allegedly kicked the car’s owner in her chest several times and attempted to bite the Sears employee several more times. She was pulled from the vehicle and restrained until Delaware State Troopers arrived.
Police say Reed lied to them about her name and stolen merchandise from Sears and three other stores were found in her possession.
The Sears employee was treated at a local hospital for his bite wounds and released.
The arresting Trooper recognized Reed from an earlier incident on February 3rd.
That incident happened at about 4:15 p.m. at The Sports Authority located on 1100 block of Rocky Run Parkway, in Wilmington.
According to police, a Sports Authority employee saw Reed put on a pair of boots and walk out of the store, without paying. When the employee confronted Reed, she allegedly tried to flee, so he grabbed her to restrain her. Reed allegedly stabbed his hand several times with car keys, and bit the employee, eventually breaking free. Police say she then entered a vehicle and drove away.
Reed was charged with both incidents. She was arraigned on two counts of robbery, two counts of assault, carjacking, offensive touching with saliva, shoplifting under $1,500, criminal impersonation, offensive touching, conspiracy, and driving while suspended.
She is being held at Baylor Women’s Correctional Institute on $137,000 cash bail.