WAXAHACHIE — Ross Dress for Less prides itself on providing customers with bargains on clothing and household needs. The same does not apply to shoplifters, as 31-year-old Latoya Shanae Jackson found out Tuesday night.
Waxahachie Police arrested the Cedar Hill resident after officers were dispatched at 7:21 p.m. to 1400 block of U.S. Highway 77 in regards to a shoplifting call at the Ross department store.
“Jackson ran on foot from the first officer that arrived. A witness from the store was pointing her out to the officer when he pulled in. She was able to get into her car and drive off. She struck a vehicle when she pulled out of the parking lot onto North U.S. Highway 77, slightly injuring someone in that vehicle,” Waxahachie Police Lt. Todd Woodruff said. “Officer Danny Knight was able to take her into custody after the wreck. A stolen purse from the Ross store was found in her car. She had a trash bag containing new clothing items in the car.”
Woodruff said detectives are working to determine where those items came from.
Jackson was examined for injuries at Baylor Scott and White — Waxahachie. After the visit to the hospital, Jackson was transported to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center. According to online records from the detention center, she was booked in at 9:10 p.m. on March 19 and charged with aggravated robbery, evading arrest and driving a vehicle while her license is invalid with previous conviction.
Chapter 29.02 of the Texas Penal Code defines a robbery as anytime a person, in the course of committing theft, either “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another” or “intentionally or knowingly threatens or places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.”
The penal code also states that an offense under this section is a felony of the second degree.
Jackson has bonds totaling $50,000 and remains in custody as of 4 p.m. Tuesday. She also has two holds from the Dallas Police Department on the charges of driving a motor vehicle without a driver’s license and a warrant for speeding.