Suspected shoplifters hit with additional charges
The three women accused of knocking down a Mount Pleasant police officer with their car and leading authorities on a cross-city chase are facing new charges.
Miami residents Lachavia Brownlee, 22; Shaneah Walker, 23; and Kelvinisha Green, 20, are charged with shoplifting in connection with a mini-crime spree that began at the Citadel Mall, according to Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis.
Some 20 bras were stolen during the incident, which occurred at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 23 at the mall’s Victoria’s Secret store, police said. Three females matching the suspects’ descriptions were spotted in the store, police said.
After allegedly shoplifting from Citadel Mall, Brownlee, Walker and Green drove to Northwoods Mall around 1 p.m., police said. As one of the suspects distracted the assistant manager, the other two loaded up bags with panties at a Victoria’s Secret there, according to an incident report.
The trio ended their spree in Mount Pleasant around 2:15 p.m., police said. They shoplifted items from the Towne Centre and, during a struggle to get away in a car, knocked down and injured a police officer, according to investigators. The women led police on a chase to North Charleston where Brownlee, the accused driver, crashed into a detached garage near a home, police said. The three were arrested and charged by North Charleston and Mount Pleasant police with several counts of shoplifting and assault and battery.
The three women remain in custody at Cannon Detention Center.