Alexandra Albano Richardson alleges in a federal lawsuit that she was leaving the store at 3131 E. Main St. about 3:30 p.m. Jan. 17 after she finished shopping, when a security guard grabbed her.
The lawsuit claims she was “forcibly dragged into a back room,” where she was “falsely accused of shoplifting and subjected to verbal abuse including profanity.”
She was detained for an hour, the lawsuit alleges, taken to a state police post and charged with petty larceny. Although the charges were dismissed May 7, Richardson claims she had to pay $5,000 in defense costs.
She’s alleging false arrest, assault and malicious prosecution, claiming the store violated her constitutional right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.
Her attorney, John Grill, had no comment.