VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach police officer was assaulted while trying to arrest two shoplifting suspects Wednesday.
Police say two women used tools to remove tags from clothes at H&M, Kids Footlocker, and Justice at Lynnhaven Mall. Each woman is accused of trying to steal about $300 worth of merchandise. A loss prevention officer dispatched police.
At about 3:50 p.m., an officer responded and made contact with the two suspects, 39-year-old Letitia Jurell Williams and 31-year-old Tenisha Rene Daughtry, outside the mall in a parking lot. While trying to arrest Williams, the officer was assaulted. Additional officers were called to assist and both suspects were then arrested.
Williams, of the 2800 block of Waverly Way, Norfolk, was arrested and charged with assault of a law enforcement officer, possession of burglary tools, grand larceny and three counts of petite larceny. She’s being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.
Daughtry, of the 2400 block of Hale Street, Norfolk, was arrested and charged with four counts of petit larceny and possession of burglary tools. She was released on bond.