Alleged shoplifters were apprehended by Coon Rapids Police following a pursuit on Highway 10 the morning of Feb. 8.
Tequisha Lanay Solomon, 30, St. Paul, was arraigned in Anoka County District Court Feb. 10 on charges of felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle and felony theft.
The Coon Rapids City Attorney’s Office charged Christina Lee Coombs, 25, with gross misdemeanor shoplifting and misdemeanor fleeing police on foot, while a third woman in the vehicle, Yvonne Coombs, 47, was arrested on a gross misdemeanor prostitution warrant.
The morning of Feb. 8, Coon Rapids Police received a report of a shoplifting incident at JC Penney in Coon Rapids where loss prevention employees saw three females arrived with large purses that appeared to be empty, split up and select items in various areas of the store, then two of them, later identified as Solomon and Christina Coombs, moving behind a rack with clothing in their hands, emerge not holding the clothing, according to the complaint.
Employees, who found empty merchandise boxes behind the rack, alleged that Solomon and Christina Coombs did this on several occasions before all three left through separate store exits.
Police were provided with a description and license plate of the vehicle in which the suspects drove off, and Officer Bryan Platz spotting the car, a black Kia, heading east on Highway 10 near the Creek Meadow Drive bridge, activated his emergency lights and pulled in behind the Kia, which stopped on the right shoulder.
But when Platz approached the car on foot, the driver allegedly took off at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic, passing vehicles and driving on the shoulder with the officer in pursuit with emergency lights and siren activated.
The Kia was being driven on the right shoulder of the freeway when it took the Foley Boulevard exit where Platz spun the car using a PIT maneuver and all three occupants, including Solomon, who was driving, took off on foot, according to the complaint.
All three were apprehended with the assistance of two motorists who had stopped to help, the Coon Rapids Police report states.
The stolen merchandise from JC Penney was found in the Kia; it had a total value of $510.
In a statement to police, Christina Coombs alleged that the three women had gone to JC Penney with the intent to steal and admitted that Solomon, who was driving the Kia, drove off after initially stopping for the officer and did not stop until the squad car hit the Kia.