Police: Kroger shoplifting suspect involved in struggle with employees

A Little Rock police report states two Kroger employees confronted a shoplifting suspect and were able to empty her purse of stolen goods before she fled the store. (MGN Photo)

Employees at a Little Rock Kroger were involved in a struggle with a shoplifting suspect who eventually fled the store, but not before the stolen goods were emptied out of her purse.

According to a Little Rock police report, Ashley Kearney, a 19-year-old security guard stationed at the E. Roosevelt Rd. store, told police that an employee approached her about a shoplifting at approximately 9:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities were told employees Joann Howard, 61, and Brian Brooks, 35, confronted the suspect, who allegedly put goods in her purse without paying for them. However, the suspect became aggressive and refused to comply with employees requests to give the items back.

According to the report, the suspect tried to leave the store but was stopped by Brooks, who held onto her purse and told the suspect to empty it.

The report states the suspect took a couple of items out of the purse and attempted to leave the store again, this time punching Brooks on his arms and hands in attempt to get the purse away from him.

The employees again told her she couldn't leave with the items in her purse. Brooks was able to get the purse away and empty out the remaining merchandise before the suspect fled on foot.

All the events were captured on video using Kearney's cell phone, authorities say.

The suspect stands at about 5'6" and weighs approximately 160 lbs. The report states she was wearing a camouflage hunting jacket, black and white stripped dress and white shoes during the crime.

Anyone with information in the case is encouraged to call Little Rock police.

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