Authorities in Louisiana say a woman was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of biting a retail employee who was attempting to stop her from shoplifting.
According to WBRZ, police officers were dispatched to the Dollar Tree location on Main Street in Baker shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Upon arriving in the parking lot, an officer reported spotting two females entering a car. Reports indicate both women were detained by police a short time later as the initial investigation took place.
An employee of the store reportedly contacted police to report an attempted theft at the location and described an attack by one of the suspects trying to get away.
The alleged victim said she was bitten by one of the suspects and an officer reported seeing apparent evidence of human bite marks on the woman’s arm. That suspect has since been identified as 48-year-old Antoinette Corner Porter.
During the struggle, the employee said the second suspect was complying with the initial demand that they empty their bags.
Reports indicate witnesses intervened to prevent further violence. The employee declined an offer to call emergency medical personnel for treatment of her injury.
Porter and the other female — identified only as a juvenile — were arrested at the scene. The woman is expected to face criminal charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, simple battery, and theft. Court records indicate the minor was released to a custodian who promised she would appear for related court dates.
The total amount of stolen merchandise recovered from the back seat of the vehicle totaled $54, police reports allege.
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