WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


Woman Accused Of Beating Store Manager During Shoplifting Attempt Arrested

Reported by: Send eMail Katy Brown
Videographer: Shelby Spradling
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Also Contributing: Kera Mashek
Reported: Nov. 25, 2013 11:24 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 30, 2013 5:39 PM EST

EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

Store Manager Beaten
Eyewitness News Photo

South Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

South Charleston police officers have arrested the woman they believe beat the manager of the Marshall's at Southridge after she was caught trying to shoplift a cart full of items.

Shadonna Collins, 25, was booked into the South Central Regional Jail Saturday morning. She is charged with robbery.

"Once she escalated to violence in order to get out of the store," Officer P.C. Rader said. "It went from shoplifting to robbery."

Police said the attack happened on Sunday when the store manager tried to stop Collins after she caught her trying to leave with a cart full of stolen items. Collins is shown on surveillance video pushing the manager to the ground and kicking her in the head.

After the attack, court documents said Collins is shown on video pushing the cart full of stolen designer purses and clothing into the parking lot. She then put them into her SUV and took off.

Police said this is the start of a spike in crime during the holiday season.

"They're wanting to provide for their families," Rader said. "Gifts for the season and they don't have any other way to do it."

Police said the received an anonymous tip that the defendant in the case was Collins. They said the manager of the store was also able to pick Collins' photograph out of several mugshots.

Police plan to amp up security throughout the holiday season and advise anyone with the plans to steal -- to not.

"Don't do it," Rader advised. "We are everywhere other agencies are everywhere we're on top of it and we know what to look for."

Collins was taken to the South Central Regional Jail on a $20,000 bond.




South Charleston Police need your help finding a suspected shoplifter who also attacked a store clerk, and it was all caught on tape.

Sunday night, the store manager of Marshalls at Southridge was standing by the door as customers were coming in and out, and police said that's when she caught a woman trying to leave with a cart full of stolen items.

The manager tried to stop the woman from leaving, but the customer fought back by pushing the clerk to the ground. As the buggy fell over, the accused shoplifter didn't stop, instead she started kicking the manager in the head.

After the attack, the woman just kept on pushing the shopping cart into the parking lot, then took her buggy full of stolen designer purses and clothing into her SUV and took off.

Police said it's an unfortunate incident, but a scenario that happens each year as the holidays approach.

"It's sad. It's always this time of year something happens like this as shoplifting increases, and when people resort to violence it turns into a much more serious crime," T.A. Bailes, with South Charleston Police, said.

In fact, instead of simple shoplifting charges, the suspect will likely be charged with robbery.

But police said there's something even more disturbing about this particular case. As manager was being beaten, several customers just stood there, or walked on by, without stepping in to help.

"I don't understand why somebody wouldn't help the lady. I'd get in there and kick their brains in or something, you know!" shopper Pearl Price said.

Police are just hopeful images from the attack will now be enough to get someone to step in by calling in a tip that leads to this alleged robber's arrest.

Police think the suspect was driving a black GMC Envoy or similar SUV with license plate 8WC 776. If you've seen that vehicle, or have any information that can help with this investigation, call South Charleston Police.

The victim in this case did suffer some cuts and bruising to her face and neck, but is recovering and expected to be back at work Tuesday.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Judge Bars Plants And Office From Handling Certain Domestic Violence Cases
News
Apr. 23, 2014 6:51 PM EDT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kennie Bass) - Kanawha County Circuit ...
Full News Story and Video

Mullens Girls Gather Donations For Charleston Orphanage
News
Apr. 23, 2014 11:18 PM EDT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – (Stefano DiPietrantonio) – Christmas ...
Full News Story and Video

Potential Layoff Notices Worry Miners In Boone County
News
Apr. 23, 2014 6:44 PM EDT
WHARTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Patriot Coal Corp Wednesday ...
Full News Story and Video


News 85th Habitat Home Dedicated In Cabell County
Apr. 23, 2014 6:34 PM EDT
News Police Say Bystander Wounded In Shooting On Charleston's West Side
Apr. 23, 2014 10:57 PM EDT
News Local Team Headed To National Cheerleading Competition
Apr. 23, 2014 10:33 PM EDT
News Logan County Woman Reported Missing
Apr. 23, 2014 11:28 PM EDT
News Teenage Girl Killed In Boone County Crash
Apr. 23, 2014 10:58 PM EDT
News Plaintiff In EPA Lawsuit Endorses Lane For Congress
Apr. 23, 2014 9:28 PM EDT
News WV Democrats Call on Jenkins To Condemn Ryan Budget
Apr. 23, 2014 8:50 PM EDT
News Search Called Off In Reported Plane Crash In Kanawha; Plane Lands Safely At Yeager
Apr. 23, 2014 11:02 PM EDT
News Police Say Three Arrested In Huntington Drug Bust
Apr. 23, 2014 10:34 PM EDT
News Kanawha Judge Bars Kanawha Prosecutor, His Office From Prosecuting Certain Cases
Apr. 23, 2014 3:07 PM EDT
News Winfield Getting Multi-Million Dollar Sewer Plant
Apr. 23, 2014 7:02 PM EDT
News McDowell Families Displaced After Homes Deemed Unsafe
Apr. 23, 2014 6:34 PM EDT
News Crews Say Progress Made Fighting New River Gorge Fire
Apr. 23, 2014 6:33 PM EDT
News Obama Administration Tightening Coal Dust Limits To Curb Black Lung
Apr. 23, 2014 5:05 PM EDT
News Motorcycle Rider Taken To Hospital Following Crash
Apr. 23, 2014 3:33 PM EDT
News McDowell Education Program Gets $300,000 AT&T Grant
Apr. 23, 2014 6:34 PM EDT
News Capito Asks CDC About Inhaling MCHM
Apr. 23, 2014 3:36 PM EDT
News Marshall University Approves Budget, Tuition Increase
Apr. 23, 2014 3:37 PM EDT
News WV Group Wants Family Resource Funding Restored
Apr. 23, 2014 3:13 PM EDT
News Health Officials Say They Can't Definitively Tie Health Effects To Spill
Apr. 23, 2014 6:36 PM EDT
News Officials Promote Saturday's Drug Take-Back Day
Apr. 23, 2014 1:13 PM EDT
News Kanawha Magistrate Ward Harshbarger Faces Ethics Charges
Apr. 23, 2014 6:36 PM EDT
News Road In Lawrence County, Ohio, To Face Intermittent Closures For Debris Removal
Apr. 23, 2014 11:19 AM EDT
News Man Charged With Stealing Credit Card From Elderly Victim
Apr. 23, 2014 11:23 AM EDT
News Suspect Accused Of Forging Prescriptions In Scioto County
Apr. 23, 2014 11:28 AM EDT
News Two Pedestrians Struck By Vehicle In Floyd County
Apr. 23, 2014 11:11 AM EDT
News Boil Water Advisory In Effect In Clay County
Apr. 23, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
News Flags Flown At Half-Staff In Honor Of Mick Staton
Apr. 23, 2014 9:19 AM EDT
News Elephants To Chow Down At Annual Feast Thursday In Charleston
Apr. 23, 2014 9:22 AM EDT
News Bible Verse Removed From School's Gymnasium, Team's Website
Apr. 23, 2014 8:42 AM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
Challenge to Harrison Power Plant deal rejected

The state Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the Public Service Commission's approval of a $1.1 billion deal for the sale of the Harrison Power Station.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court

Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon are urging a federal judge to strike down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
Full Story

Ohio News
Correction officer released by Ohio jail inmates

A correction officer taken hostage by three inmates at an Ohio county jail has been released unharmed, and the inmates have been taken to a maximum-security facility.
Full Story

PREVIOUS NEWS: NOV | CURRENT







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.