Armed shoplifter faces robbery charges www.privateofficer.com
Darrell Johnson, 29, of 14 Mitchell Ave, Medford, was arrested on Friday, June 25 around 12:43 p.m. and charged with armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and carrying a dangerous weapon. Police also booked him on warrant charges for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and no inspection sticker, according to a police report.
On Friday, Somerville police were dispatched to T.J. Maxx in the Assembly Square Mall on reports of shoplifting. Upon arrival, police found Johnson being held to the ground by a T.J. Maxx sales associate and loss prevention officer, who said Johnson pulled a knife on them and threatened to stab them while they were trying to apprehend him.
According to the officer, Johnson stole several items of clothing, including two swimsuits valued at $13 each, which he stuffed in his shorts.
When police searched Johnson they found a pair of pliers commonly used to remove department store security tags, the report stated. They also found a black-handled knife with a spring-loaded release.
Johnson was transported to the Somerville Police Station for booking.