Shoplifter Head-Butts Employee, Drops 3 Year Old, Police Say

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A Fayetteville woman is on the run after police say she dropped a three-year-old boy and head-butted an employee while Walmart workers tried to apprehend her during a shoplifting incident.

Police are not releasing the suspect’s name, but later arrested the suspect’s mother, who arrived for the child after the incident.

Karen S. Clark, the suspect’s mother (pictured above), was arrested Sunday on suspicion of obstructing governmental operations. She was released the same day from the Washington County Detention Center on $535 bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said Clark would not acknowledge her relationship to the child or the suspect. She also continuously called and texted the suspect while being questioned by investigators, according to a preliminary report issued in Fayetteville District Court.

Officers responded Sunday afternoon to the Walmart store on Mall Avenue in reference to a shoplifting complaint from the company. Police said a black female suspect shoplifted merchandise from the business and was taken back to Walmart’s loss prevention office after being caught.

“While being processed, the suspect pushed a Walmart employee into a shopping cart, causing the cart to flip over and a child to fall to the ground,” the preliminary report states.

The woman then head-butted another employee, left the two-year-old boy and fled from the store, police said.

The preliminary report states the ensuing investigation revealed the suspect fled the Walmart with Clark’s help. Clark denied ever coming to the store with the suspect, although officers later retrieved the vehicle they said the two women arrived in.

While being questioned by investigators, Clark continuously called and texted with the suspect, but would not hand the phone over to authorities at the time, according to the preliminary report. After determining the suspect was Clark’s daughter, police arrested Clark on suspicion of misdemeanor charges.

Police still have not found the suspect. Clark has a misdemeanor court date set for Wednesday in Fayetteville at 9 a.m., according to the preliminary report.


    • Leten Uno

      John Sumner I hope you are promptly fired for releasing information to the public that you were not authorized to release. So Dawn, the co manager actually impacted the basket with the child? What method did she use to mitigate the fall. What type of footwear did she have on, was it company approved. Why did you’re Loss prevention people not protect the child from physical harm. Physical altercations with shoplifters are common. I’m sure ACLU attorneys will want to know why this child was put in danger and what every specific action of the people you named were.

      • Faith

        After reading your post one can only conclude that there is a village somewhere missing it’s idiot. Would you like us to notify your keepers that you have escaped again?

  • Ishmail Dentor

    Typical trash. You see it all over the south. They are not taking anything they really need, they are just stealing. Shows how much they think of the child. As far as the Grandmother texting, etc. take the dad-blamed phone away from her while she is being interviewed. It is perfectly legal and just shows how the liberals have ruined the justice system, they didn’t take the phone away from her because she might scream “racist”. In the future, if you are so scared, post a sigh on the interview room door banning the use of phones, etc by the interviewee. Jesus de Christo.

    • Elaphas

      So, other places outside the south are immune to this kind of “trash?” I guess you haven’t been to Detroit rocket scientist.

  • objectivefodder

    Hey Nazi supporters, there’s a protocol set up and already established by our laws. The legal system protects the offensive law breakers, as well as the victims until proper investigative methods and actions have been accomplished by law enforcement investigators. Its clear society has resorted to the primitive Roman Coliseum Lion persecutions as commentary indicate encouraging police to unconstitutionally break laws only to satisfy arrest and illegal seizure. You’ve become a sick culture. Store cameras and eye witnesses as well as patience will be sufficient. Let the authorities do their thing; don’t throw fresh blood on the offenders hoping for a feasting. Sure, it’s clear she broke the law obstructing justice, but law enforcement simply can’t cross the line and break laws just to collect and obtain personal property if not authorized to do so. Stop waving the swastikas please.

  • Sickofit

    Oh please…..she shop lifted then had her Mother protect her. She used physical force to flee and knocked the child to the ground then left it. She obviously is a real stand up human being. Get off your high horse! Then the Mother further covered for her while she flaunted the phone in front of the authorities. She obviously has no respect for them. Neither have respect for themselves or are interested in raising a law abiding respectable citizen. Evidently their welfare card was empty.

  • sue6969

    I wish the news would get the news correct ! All information false Walmart and the fayetteville police dept watch out Cuz I’m coming strong and ready!!!

  • John Sumner

    I was working in claims and seen all of it happen, on sunday, actually she pushed our CO. manager Dawn, and that caused the shopping cart that the nephew was in, to fall over with the nephew sitting in it, and hit our Asst. manager Jackie too. I also helped to look for the grandma that was still in our store!

  • zztopperman

    To JOHN: I’m glad you “seen” it all go down and could give us all a blow by blow account of what you “seen” ! I bet that makes your management proud !

  • Hmm??

    In the other story the grandmother said she hadn’t seen the child since the “indecent”, and in this story they say she came to pick the child up….? Lots of facts not matching up. Can we not get the facts all straight before we air this stuff on the news?

  • John

    So the mother of the woman refused to talk to or give her personal property to the police? Let’s arrest all mothers for protecting their children.

    • John Sumner

      the mother had a warrent as well, that’s why she went to jail !
      and the 3 year old boy went with the DHS worker, because his mom was in Jail too.

  • LibslovemeNOT

    Watch her mailbox…she’s waiting on this months welfare check, Rumor has it they’re coming in early this month!
    She has a disability of some kind you can also bet $$, so she nooo workie. Of course that gives her lots of time to steal and create problems for the normal citizen who work for a living. Probably buying an aluminum bat for her nephew’s birthday, Ain’t that sweet.
    And it’s been reported she was seen twerking….at her church!

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