KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Attempting to Identify Two Female Suspects in Shoplifting and Assault Incident (UPDATE: Suspects Identified with Charges Pending)

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

SUBJECT: K.P.D. Attempting to Identify Two Female Suspects in Shoplifting and Assault Incident (UPDATE: Suspects Identified with Charges Pending)
DATE: October 16, 2015
CASE #: 15-021830
UPDATE: As a result of numerous citizen tips, both suspects in this case have been identified, and charges are pending.

As previously released:

On October 6, 2015 at approximately 2:00 PM, two female suspects shoplifted a felonious amount of merchandise from Kohl’s in the Kingsport Pavilion Shopping Complex, located at 2626 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. The women concealed the merchandise (assorted clothing and makeup items) in their purses and exited the store with no attempt to pay.

When a loss prevention officer attempted to detain them at their vehicle, one of the women slammed his hand in the driver’s side door, while the other woman punched him and clawed at his face with her fingernails, leaving several scratches and abrasions. The first suspect then exited the vehicle and kicked the loss prevention officer in the groin.

The suspects fled the scene in their vehicle, which was believed to be a silver Suzuki sport utility vehicle with a Virginia issued license plate. One of the suspects is a white female with blonde hair and average build, while the other suspect is a more heavy-set white female with brown hair.

The suspects were captured on surveillance video during the incident. Photos taken from that footage have been included in this release. A clip from the actual video has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

Anyone who recognizes either of these individuals or who may have any additional information which may help detectives solve this case is asked to call the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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