New Castle woman charged in violent assault at Concord Mall

By Mellany Armstrong 1:01pm, March 27, 2013 - Updated 2:24pm, March 27, 2013
A New Castle woman is arrested after police say she stole from several stores at the Concord Mall and assaulted a store employee once he tried to apprehend her.

State police say a 33-year-old Sears loss-prevention employee saw a 21-year-old Kenyetta Reed of New Castle concealing merchandise Tuesday evening.

The employee followed Reed outside and she took off through the parking lot. The employee caught her, and Reed allegedly bit him as they struggled. A woman driving by stopped to help, but police say Reed got in her car and tried to drive away. Reed was stopped by the employee and the woman's husband. Police say Reed kicked the car owner in the chest several times and tried to bite the Sears employee again. She was held until troopers arrived, and police say she lied about her name.

Reed was found to have stolen merchandise from Sears and three other stores in her possession. The Sears employee was treated at a local hospital for his bite wounds and released. The arresting trooper recognized Reed from another incident February 3rd at the Sports Authority in Wilmington, where she was seen leaving with a pair of boots. An employee tried to stop her but she stabbed his hand with car keys and got away.

Reed is charged in both incidents with robbery and assault, as well as carjacking and offensive touching. She was committed to Baylor Women's Correctional Institute on $137,000 cash bail.

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