Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Public safety

Police say Temple Terrace man tried to kill Kmart employee after shoplifting attempt thwarted

TEMPLE TERRACE — A shoplifting incident ended with an attempted murder charge Friday, police say, after a couple accused of stealing $840 in items from a Temple Terrace Kmart tried to stab and run over a store employee.

Police say Louis Murray, 32, and Shadaveya Jones, 23, put a 50-inch flat screen television and an Angry Birds alarm clock into their shopping cart at about 7:45 p.m. Friday and started to walk out of the store through the garden center.

A loss prevention agent had been watching them.

He asked the pair to return inside, but they started arguing with him.

Murray punched the employee in the neck, and all three started fighting, Temple Terrace police say.

That's when Murray told Jones to "get the car, and run us over."

Jones got into a Buick LeSabre and drove toward Murray and the employee.

The two were on the ground wrestling, and Jones hit the employee's foot as it was sticking up in the air, police say.

Then a second employee arrived and saw that Murray was trying to stab the first employee in the neck with a knife.

That employee wrestled the knife from Murray.

Meanwhile, Jones had been leaning through her passenger window, hitting the Kmart employees.

Temple Terrace police arrived and arrested Murray and Jones.

Murray was charged with attempted felony murder, attempted grand theft, battery and resisting arrest or detention in a retail theft.

He remained in Hillsborough County Jail Monday without bail.

Jones was charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault, battery and resisting arrest or detention in retail theft.

She was released Saturday on $13,500 bail, jail records show.

The Kmart employees were not seriously injured.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3433.

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