Violent shoplifter injures JC Penney security agent www.privateofficer.com
On Tuesday, a Lake Geneva man allegedly drove through part of Regency Mall’s parking lot, dragging a J.C. Penney security guard for more than 50 feet. The security guard was trying to stop Roger E. Budner, 41, from fleeing with a stolen coffee maker, according to police.
Reports said the 23-year-old security guard watched Budner take the $179 coffee maker and then walk past the last point of purchase at J.C. Penney Tuesday just after 6 p.m. The guard told officers he chased Budner, who fled out the northwest doors of the store, across the parking lot into the Applebee’s restaurant parking lot.
The security guard stopped Budner, but as he was reaching for his handcuffs, Budner allegedly got into a parked Volvo and started the car. Police said Budner then drove off, with the security guard’s arm trapped in the window of the vehicle.
The guard told police he tried to reach the keys of the car and turn it off, but Budner bit him.
Budner allegedly drove for 50 to 75 feet before the security guard successfully reached the keys and stopped the car.
After a scuffle, the security guard was able to get Budner to the ground and handcuff him, according to reports.
Budner was arrested on charges of attempted strong armed robbery, reckless endangerment of safety, battery, retail theft and disorderly conduct. He is being held in the Racine County Jail on a $18,350 cash bond.
Budner is the second person Racine police have arrested this week for going on a violent rampage during a retail theft.
Michelle K. Jackson, 40, of Racine, was arrested Monday night after she tried to steal $120 worth of clothing from Value Village, 2917 Durand Ave. and then attacked a customer in the parking lot.
Police said after Jackson was confronted by store management while trying to leave with her arms full of clothing she hadn’t paid for, Jackson caused a scene. She then attacked a 55-year-old woman in the parking lot who was unloading her purchases from a shopping cart into her vehicle.
Reports said Jackson punched the woman, causing her to fall and break her glasses.
Jackson was arrested on charges of attempted strong armed robbery, retail theft, battery, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, resisting, operating while intoxicated and a probation hold. She was formally charged in Racine County Circuit Court Tuesday and is being held in the Racine County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond.