Woman charged after violent Concord Mall assault

March 27, 2013 2:25:18 PM PDT
A 21-year-old New Castle woman is accused in a violent attack at the Concord Mall in Wilmington, Delaware.

Police say it was around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when a Sears loss-prevention employee stopped Kenyetta Reed in the parking lot on suspicion of shoplifting.

The Sears employee asked Reed to return to the store. But instead of cooperating, Reed took off on foot. The employee gave chase and quickly caught up to her. A struggle ensued, during which Reed allegedly bit the 33-year-old man several times.

A 48-year-old woman was driving by and witnessed the struggle. She stopped and attempted to intervene. However, when the woman exited her vehicle, Reed broke free from the store employee and got inside the vehicle.

Police say Reed attempted to drive away, but the vehicle's owner, her husband, and the Sears employee were able to prevent her from putting the vehicle in gear.

After kicking the female Good Samaritan several times in the chest and allegedly attempting to bite the Sears employee several more times, Reed was pulled from the vehicle and restrained until police arrived on the scene.

The Sears employee was treated at a local hospital for his bite wounds and released.

Police say stolen merchandise from several stores was found in Reed's possession.

Additionally, Reed then allegedly lied to Troopers about her name. However, one of the officers recognized her from an incident that occurred back on February 3, 2013 at The Sports Authority located at 1100 Rocky Run Parkway in Wilmington. In that incident, police say Reed was observed putting on a pair of boots and walking out of the store without paying. When confronted by an employee, Reed tried to flee. When she was caught, police say she stabbed the employee's hand several times with car keys and bit him before breaking free, getting in a vehicle and driving away.

Reed faces a long list of charges, including Robbery First Degree (2 counts), Assault Second Degree (2 counts), Carjacking Second Degree, Offensive Touching With Saliva, Shoplifting Under $1,500, Criminal Impersonation, Offensive Touching, Conspiracy Third Degree, and Driving While Suspended. She was committed to Baylor Women's Correctional Institute on $137,000 cash bail.

Reed was transported to Troop 1 where she was charged with both incidents. She was arraigned on two counts of robbery first degree, two counts of assault second degree, carjacking second degree, offensive touching with saliva, shoplifting under $1,500, criminal impersonation, offensive touching, conspiracy third degree, and driving while suspended.

She was committed to Baylor Women's Correctional Institute on $137,000 cash bail.