An attempted shoplifting of a rack of ribs and bucket of potato wedges Thursday at Brookshire’s turned into a robbery charge after the suspect shoved two employees, police said.
The suspect tried to get away, running in circles as the two employees tried to stop him and stumbling over a shopping cart another employee pushed in front of him, a report by officer James Fuller states.
The store’s manager detained the suspect, Sean Brown, until Fuller arrived.
“I confess, man, I was just trying to feed my kids,” Fuller’s report quoted Brown as saying.
Brown, 30, of Brownwood, remained Friday in the Brown County Jail on the robbery charge and on a parole violation warrant, jail records state.
Fuller was dispatched to Brookshire’s at 1:54 p.m. and arrived to see the store’s manager restraining a man. The man was cursing and yelling “let me go” and “get off me,” Fuller’s report states.
The manager told Fuller he saw the man enter the store with two other people, including a juvenile. The man went to the deli area and stuck a rack of ribs valued at $9.99 and bucket of potato wedges valued at $1.59 into the front part of his pants and under his shirt, Fuller’s report states.
The manager went to one exit and the assistant manager went to the other exit to make sure the man didn’t leave without paying. As the man walked past the magazine stand toward the closest exit, the manager told the man “you got my merchandise and need to come with me,” Fuller’s report states.
The man shoved the manager, pulled the concealed items from his clothes and ran toward a closed checkout stand. He tried to jump over a security chain and stumbled, and the assistant manager approached from the other exit, Fuller’s report states. The man shoved the assistant manager and ran toward the first exit.
“It appeared (the suspect) was running in circles in an attempt to get away,” Fuller’s report states. He stumbled over the shopping cart, made it out the door but tripped and was detained by the manager, Fuller’s report states.
In other incidents:
• Terry Lewis Day, 48, is free on $35,000 bond after he was arrested by Brownwood police Thursday on a charge of indecency with a child, jail and court records state.
Day was arrested after a teenage female employee at T-Day’s Health Fitness and Tanning told police a man made sexually-related marks to her and exposed himself at the business, a complaint filed in Justice of the Peace Bryan Thompson’s court states.
• Early officer Nathan Land arrested Lisa Clark, 39, of Brownwood on a charge of possession of marijuana under 2 ounces. Land was called to a convenience store at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on a report of “suspicious activity,” Early Police Chief David Mercer said. Land smelled marijuana, searched the vehicle and found marijuana, Mercer said.
• Early officer Shawn Dibrell arrested Sherry Gober, 44, of Brownwood on a charge of possession of marijuana under 2 ounces while investigating a report of a stolen vehicle.
• A Brownwood man told police he hit an intruder in the head with a golf club after he arrived at his home in the 3600 block of Arrowhead Thursday night, and and found the man trying to take two antique knives. The intruder got away.
The man told police he thinks his roommate might have left the front door unlocked and that might be how the intruder got inside. The intruder was rummaging through items and attempting to take knives from above the mantle, police said.
The two scuffled, and the man sustained a bloody nose before hitting the intruder with the golf club.
At 3:15 a.m. Friday, officer Trey Weathermon saw a man walking who was similar in clothing and appearance to the intruder. Weathermon talked to the man about the burglary and asked him if there was anything illegal in his backpack.
The man said he had marijuana, which Weathermon found. Weathermon arrested Eric Nwosu, 25, of Brownwood on a charge of possession of under 2 ounces of marijuana.