Accused shoplifters flee right past Clackamas sheriff's office
Two people were arrested after deputies say they stole shoes and other items from the Clackamas Town Center JCPenney.
The sheriff's office said Mateo George Emerson, 22, and Aracelly Medina-Parker, 19, were seen taking shoes from displays. Store officials said they saw Emerson put a pair of Nike shoes in a backpack and Medina-Parker trade her own shoes for some Adidas.
When JCPenny's loss-prevention staff confronted them, deputies said Emerson waved a pair of scissors at them and said "get back" before running out of the mall.
The suspects happened to run right past the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office headquarters on Sunnybrook Boulevard, where they were stopped by deputies. They were carrying other stolen items, including a JCPenny watch, a necklace set and a pair of Puma shoes, which deputies said Medina-Parker admitted she had hidden in a bag.
Emerson was arrested for second-degree theft and third-degree robbery, Medina-Park for second-degree theft.
According to the sheriff's office, Emerson has previous arrests for menacing and harassment, disorderly conduct and menacing on three separate occasions this year.