BRANDISHING WV March 23 2017 A Charleston man is accused of fleeing through the Huntington Mall with 12 stolen pairs of sunglasses Monday and then pointing a handgun at a mall security officer and two Verizon employees as they tried to stop him before police arrived.
Thomas Daniel Striker, 26, is charged with three counts of brandishing a deadly weapon, three counts of battery and a single felony count of grand larceny, according to criminal complaints from Cabell County Magistrate Court.
Striker is accused of stealing 12 pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses, valued at $2,175 total, from LensCrafters before being approached by mall security in the food court, complaints state. As Striker began to flee through the nearby Ruby Tuesday, two Verizon employees followed security to assist.
Once outside the restaurant, Striker struck all three men and pointed a black handgun as he escaped through the parking lot. Striker was apprehended by Barboursville police a short time later.
He is incarcerated at Western Regional Jail. Bond was denied.