Police Looking for Hit & Run Suspect

Occurred on 06/02/12, 4:42 pm  Aggravated Assault/Theft  1821 SPID

Several Officers were dispatched to the Wal-Mart parking lot at 1821 S. Padre Island Drive for a traffic accident involving several pedestrians being struck.  Upon their arrival, Officers observed a large crowd by the front entrance parking area.  While conducting their preliminary investigation, it was discovered a shoplifter escaped from the loss prevention office and was chased as she ran to her car.  The suspect who appeared to be pregnant was accompanied by her small child.

Store employees caught up to the shoplifter as she entered her vehicle. They attempted to persuade her out of the car, but she refused to exit the vehicle.  The suspect reversed her car and struck three store employees with the open driver's side door as she made her getaway.  The employees were dragged for a short distance and finally knocked to the ground.  The driver then struck a parked black GMC Yukon and a blue Chevrolet Tahoe as she fled northbound through the parking lot. The third vehicle hit was a black Suzuki Forenza driven by a 32-year-old female who was accompanied by her two passengers.  She along with a 30-year-old man claimed minor injuries, while her 10-year-old son was uninjured.  Two of three store employees run over were taken to Spohn Memorial with non-life threatening injuries.

The shoplifter was able to escape and fled southbound through the parking lot in a white Dodge Caliber or Magnum station wagon.  She is described as a pregnant Hispanic female, 20 to 30 years of age and having black hair.  She was last seen wearing a short-sleeved blouse and blue jeans.   Approximately $300 of store merchandise was recovered by loss prevention officers.

Anyone with any information on this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit a tip online at www.888TIPS.com.  Tips that lead to the arrest of the suspect can receive cash rewards up to a $1,000.


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