Knox County TN Dec 21 2016 The Knox County Sheriff's Office released the names of three women facing charges for shoplifting, running from officers and causing multiple wrecks.
Dayzjuana Caldwell, 19, of Nashville is charged with theft and two counts of aggravated assault. Authorities are holding her in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on $70,000 bond.
Tangaletta Clark, 19, of Murfreesboro and Stephanie Howard, 19, of Nashville are each charged with theft.
Authorities released Clark and Howard on $10,000 bond each.
The three women shoplifted around $24,000 in merchandise from the Belk department store located at 11397 Parkside Drive on Monday afternoon, according to KCSO.
The car chase damaged seven vehicles, including one KCSO cruiser. An officer in the KCSO car received treatment at a local hospital for minor injuries.
Original Story: on Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies took three women into custody Monday afternoon after a high-speed car chase that started when authorities saw the trio allegedly shoplifting from the women and children's Belk department store in Turkey Creek.
Officials said members of the store’s loss and prevention crew observed the woman taking what turned out to be $2,000 in merchandise. The women fled from Knox County deputies who responded to the call.
The women got into a silver Dodge Caliber. A deputy who was on the driver’s side of the car ordered the driver to stop. She turned the car into him and struck the officer. He fired a shot into the car but it didn’t hit anyone.
The suspects then led deputies on a high-speed chase down Parkside Drive during which the suspects crashed into a number of vehicles. They were caught around Campbell Station Road.
"They ran into me then and over and hit another, and then I heard a siren," said Norma Bailey who was involved in the pileup.
Charges are pending for multiple counts of aggravated assault, theft, evading arrest, and fleeing.
Officials said the deputies were not hurt during the chase.
Darryl Whitehead, general manager at the Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, released a statement:
The safety of our shoppers and employees is of the utmost importance to Pinnacle at Turkey Creek. We are very thankful for the rapid and comprehensive response of the Knox County Sheriff’s Department following this incident. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement officers and public safety officials to keep our center safe.
As a general policy, we do not comment on or provide information on specific security measures that our center deploys on a daily basis to help provide a safe environment for our customers and employees. We maintain a highly trained and professional security team that liaises regularly and closely with local law enforcement.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office's Organized Retail Crime Task Force is in full swing in Knoxville and Knox County.
Since Nov. 21, the task force has arrested 167 people, 12 of whom were juveniles, and recovered $30,893 in merchandise.
A similar incident happened a year ago, when a shoplifting suspect was shot and killed the night of Dec. 18, 2015, at Academy Sports, in West Knoxville, by deputies after he attempted to run the officers down in the parking lot.