Woman arrested after shoplifting, attacking store employee

March 4, 2014

Menomonee Falls — A Milwaukee woman is facing two felony charges after she attacked an employee with a screwdriver when he attempted to detain her and two other women for shoplifting at a Menomonee Falls grocery store on Feb. 23.

According to the police report:

A 59-year-old security officer/employee at Woodman's Food Market, N8145 Highway 145, was attempting to detain three women for shoplifting three carts full of unpaid merchandise, valued at more than $900, when police were called at 1:35 p.m.

According to the security officer, one of the suspects, a 47-year-old woman, attempted to stab him with a screwdriver while he was trying to detain her for police. The employee was able to wrestle the screwdriver away from the woman and avoid injury before the woman fled the scene.

Police quickly located the screwdriver-wielding suspect and two other suspects, a 39-year-old woman and a 37-year-old woman, running out of the parking lot and they were all taken into custody.

The 47-year-old woman was charged with attempted robbery and shoplifting, both felony charges. If convicted for robbery, she is facing a penalty of up to $100,000 and/or up to 40 years in prison. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance on March 6.

The two other suspects were charged with felony shoplifting and are scheduled to appear in court on March 11.

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