Wyoming Valley Mall shoplifter faces list of charges after fighting with police www.privateofficer.com
Wilkes Barre PA April 23 2012 A teenage shoe thief assaulted and threatened to kill the police officer who captured her Wednesday night inside the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township, police said.
Dawn M. Smith, 18, of Bushkill, is charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, harassment and retail theft.
Investigators said Smith swiped a pair of shoes from J.C. Penney and immediately became combative when police approached her in another area of the mall just after 7 p.m.
While police were leading Smith back to the store, she elbowed an officer and initiated a scuffle that took both of them to the ground, police said.
As the officer was trying to handcuff her, she punched and kicked him in the face, police said. She repeatedly threatened to come after and kill the officer after she gets out of jail, arrest papers say.
The officer used pepper spray to subdue Smith, and she was placed in custody.
She was jailed overnight in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, and released Thursday morning on $5,000 unsecured bail