Thursday, December 14, 2017

Two arrests made after Winston-Salem woman was attacked, robbed at Hanes Mall


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Dec 14 2017
Two people have been arrested in connection to a robbery and an attack in the parking lot of Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem that left a 31-year-old woman injured during the holiday shopping season.
Jamie Hunter, 31, said she was brutally attacked, and had her belongings stolen, in the parking lot between Dillard's and Macy's on a Saturday night around 6 p.m. in late November.
Hunter said she was cut, bruised and drugged about 5-10 feet during the ordeal.
On Tuesday, police announced two arrests in connection to the incident.
Brittney Little, 28, is charged with five counts of obtaining property by false pretense, misdemeanor breaking/entering, felony larceny, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two counts of probation violation.
Little was taken into custody on Dec. 7 and was issued $60,000 bond. She is accused of using a credit card in Hunter's purse to make fradulent charges.
A 14-year-old boy is also facing juvenile petitions for allegedly assaulting the victim and stealing her purse.
Hunter says she hopes other shoppers become more aware of their surroundings because she will moving forward.
"We see people all the time and we don't think anything of it," Hunter said. "You just really need to be aware of your surroundings because when he tackled me, that was the first real instance I knew he was there."
Winston-Salem police confirm they have seen the same report, but are still looking to contact the victim. The report alleged that an employee was leaving the mall on Dec. 9 when several men ran up behind a woman, shoved her to the ground, and kicked her until she gave up her belongings.
Following Hunter's attack, a spokesperson from Hanes Mall released the following statement:
"Our top priority is to provide a comfortable, convenient and enjoyable experience for our customers, retailers and employees. We are aware of the incident that occurred on Saturday evening and are currently working with WSPD as they investigate. Hanes Mall has a number of security measures in place, covering both the interior and exterior of the shopping center. Some of these measures are visible to the customer and some are not. We evaluate our security program on an ongoing basis and make adjustments as necessary."

WXII 12 News also inquired specifically about Hunter's experience, and the amount of patrolling done outside of the mall, but officials would not elaborate any further.

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