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Officer wrestles shoplifter
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A violent shoe thief who assaulted Walmart security was given a month in jail.
The shoplifter, Joshua David Mabe, 23, was sentenced by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence for shoplifting, assault and resisting arrest. He must also perform 25 hours public service work and was warned to stay out of Walmart and away from the security agent who he assaulted. His time will be served in addition to time he owes in neighboring White County on other charges.
The attack on the Walmart employee happened after Mabe was seen putting on a pair of new shoes and walking to the door without paying for them.
“Walmart security made contact with him at the door and he assailed him by hitting him in the jaw with his elbow,” the warrant against Mabe reads. “He then ran from the store.”
That is when off-duty highway patrolman Ronnie Simmons entered the picture.
“I was on North Chancery Street when I noticed a white male running across the Walmart parking lot with a Walmart manager chasing,” Simmons said, noting he joined the chase and was able to catch the fugitive, fleeing in the pair of stolen shoes as he ran across someone’s front lawn on Anderson Street.
“I grabbed him and we wrestled around in the yard,” Trooper Simmons recalled, noting he told the suspect he was a police officer. “He kept trying to get loose and run.”