Troopers: Newark Woman Bites Mall Cop After Stealing Boots

The Delaware State Police have arrested a suspect after a shoplifting turned to a robbery at the Concord Mall, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said the incident occurred on Friday, November 2, 2018, at approximately 6:05 p.m. when a female entered the Foot Locker Store located at 4737 Concord Pike, Concord Mall, put on a pair of Timberland boots and proceeded to walk out of the store without rendering payment. A male employee attempted to stop the suspect when he was punched and kicked, according to Jaffe. The suspect continued to flee when a mall security officer attempted to detain her. The suspect proceeded to bite the security officer and was subsequently taken into custody, said Jaffe. The suspect who initially provided a false name was identified as 23-year-old Marnaishja Cooper of Newark.

The 35-year-old male security officer was transported to the Wilmington Hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries.

The 31-year-old Foot Locker employee was not injured.

Cooper was transported back to Troop 1 where she was charged with the following Robbery First Degree, Criminal Impersonation, and Offensive Touching.

She was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Correctional Institute on $6,500.00 secured bond.

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