If you get caught allegedly shoplifting in a store, it’s probably not a good idea to go back there.
Two Pennsylvania women were caught on video trashing a 7-Eleven after employees locked them inside and called police after they allegedly were in the store a day earlier shoplifting. The two women also got into a fight with 7-Eleven employees and responding police officers, according to Philly.com.
The two women – 20-year-old Lashae Whitaker and 28-year-old Tiera Brown – entered the 7-Eleven on Oct. 1 when they were locked inside as employees called the police.
In the video, Whitaker is shown knocking products off the shelves in response to being told she couldn’t leave, Philly.com reports. Brown is near the front of the store on the video saying she has to leave because she has kids at home.
Whitaker refuses to calm down, continuing to damage merchandise and getting into it with employees. When police arrive she tries to strike the officer, who then puts her into a headlock and tackles her to the ground.
The two crash into a store display on their way to the floor and the officer appears to be striking Whitaker with punches on the ground. The officer eventually gets her in handcuffs and also arrests Brown.
Lashae Whitaker (l.) and Tiera Brown (r.) were charged with causing or risking a catastrophe, aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of a crime, terroristic threats and related offenses.
Lt. Dennis Rosenbaum of the Philadelphia police told The Inquirer the responding officer had to do what he did because she was resisting arrest.
“You’re going to do what it takes to get [The Situation] under control,” Rosenbaum said.
Whitaker and Brown have been charged with causing or risking a catastrophe, aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of a crime, terroristic threats and related offenses, according to the Philly Voice. Whitaker was also charged with resisting arrest.
Max Kramer, Whitaker’s lawyer, told The Inquirer he believes the case is “way over-charged and way blown out of proportion.” He also said police used unnecessary force to bring down Whitaker.
“He manhandles her. You can’t see everything that’s going on,” Kramer said. “The cops and my client get into this scuffle. The cop floors her and he, like, slams her to the ground. … They are both rolling around the ground and she’s eventually subdued by the cop.”
A preliminary hearing for both women is expected to be held on Nov. 17.