Target worker hurt in 'brazen, pink' shoplifting incident - WKRN News 2

Target worker hurt in 'brazen, pink' shoplifting incident

Posted: Updated: Aug 1, 2013 04:45 PM

A suspected shoplifter is being called "brazen" by Metro police after using a pink stun gun to flee a Nashville Target and cause "significant injuries" to a store worker.

The suspect and her two young female accomplices are being sought by investigators following the incident at the Rivergate Target store last Sunday evening.

While being questioned by Target security, police say one of the female suspects "in pink lipstick, with a pink ribbon in her hair," pulled "a pink-colored stun gun, out of a pink bag," and used the weapon on the officer.

Investigators believe the shock from the Taser-like device stunned the Target security officer and allowed the suspect to flee the store "in the direction of the Rivergate Mall."

Metro police said a store worker different from the security officer was the one who had been "significantly injured" as the suspect fled by individuals in the Target store. 

A police spokesperson said the injuries were not caused by the stun gun.

Madison precinct Lt. Curtis Watkins told Nashville's News 2 the female suspect who was briefly detained could face "charges for felony aggravated assault and shoplifting."

The two other suspects both fled the scene before they could be detained, but Lt. Watkins indicated the pair could also face shoplifting charges.

Late Thursday afternoon, Metro police released surveillance video showing the stun gun incident and individual still pictures of suspects while they were in the Target.

Lt. Watkins said the trio "had a plan and were working in concert."  

He told Nashville News 2 the they only got away with "a small amount of clothes."

The Taser-like weapon is said to be similar to a stun gun, but less potent in its ability to shock an individual.

In a statement, Target spokesperson Stacia Nelson said, "The safety and well being of our guests and team members is a top priority.  We are partnering with local law enforcement, which includes sharing our video surveillance from this incident.  Because this is an open investigation, we would direct any additional questions to local police."

She did not comment on the condition of the Target worker hurt during the shoplifting incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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