Police: Jersey City woman fights Bayonne store employees after stealing body wash, pants

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A Jersey City woman attempted to fight off employees at a Bayonne dollar store after attempting to walk out with bottles of body wash and pairs of pants she didn’t pay for, police said.

Photo via familydollar.com.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Tria Walston, 49, of Jersey City, was charged with robbery and also had seven outstanding warrants, according to Police Lt. Eric Amato.

Walston was taken into custody at approximately 12:08 p.m. Friday from Family Dollar, located at 1347 Kennedy Boulevard. Officers responded there on a report of a shoplifting in progress, officials said.

Upon arrival, officers located Walston and found her to be in possession of several bottles of Dove body wash and two pair of pants, with a total value of $59.01 total value. The merchandise was later determined to be shoplifting proceeds, authorities said.

During the investigation, it was learned that Walston entered the store and began concealing merchandise in her bag. A 30-year-old male employee confronted her with his
observations, but she allegedly ignored him and began to walk toward the exit with the shoplifted merchandise.

As he met her at the exit, she attempted to bite him but the victim was able to fend her off. Walston then entered the store again and began to assault another employee, a 27-year-old female, by punching her in the face, pulling her hair, and pushing her onto the counter, police said.

Other employees were able to intervene and pull Walston away from the victims. Walston then exited the store where she was apprehended by responding officers. No injuries were reported.

During the arrest process, it was learned that Walston was wanted on sevent outstanding warrants: two out of Hoboken, two out of Elizabeth, one out of Woodbridge, one out of Jersey City and one out of Middlesex County, authorities said.