HOUSTON – Harris County Precinct 6 deputies are on the hunt for an accused shoplifter who reportedly sped away from a southeast Houston H-E-B with a baby in tow.
The woman, believed to be in her 80s, allegedly ran down a deputy and an H-E-B employee with her car. The deputy was rushed to an area hospital, but her condition is unknown. The H-E-B employee is expected to be OK.
According to deputies, it started after a loss prevention employee approached the elderly woman outside the grocery store located at 3111 Woodridge.
The woman was reportedly accused of stealing packages of meat from the store.
“She just started freaking out. She ended up walking away from the employee. He was like, ‘If you leave the premises you will be arrested,’” said witness Llayron Adkins.
Llayron Adkins was working at a stand outside of the HEB. He said things escalated quickly when authorities arrived.
“She just put it in drive. She sped off. She hit this turn right here, and she just sped off. The back door was open,” he explained. “It was crazy. I guess everyone was just in a moment, like a scene straight out of Batman.”
Deputies said the elderly woman raced away from the store lot at high speeds with a younger woman and an infant in the backseat.
“It’s extremely bizarre,” said Corporal Jarrel Caldwell with Harris County Precinct 6. “In this case, this person clearly had no regard for any citizens or people in the parking lot or the roadway when she took off.”
Caldwell says there is surveillance video of the entire ordeal.
Deputies were searching for a brown small early model Toyota or Nissan with no license plates. The infant in the back seat was apparently strapped in a car seat.