Alleged shoplifter falls on her knife during scuffle with Bangor Mall store’s security

Posted April 24, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local woman who pulled a knife during a scuffle with a security officer from J.C. Penney at the Bangor Mall, who stopped her Wednesday night for shoplifting, ended up falling on the knife and cutting herself, Bangor police Lt. Paul Edwards said.

Kimberly Kenney, 50, reportedly left the store with a bag of unpaid merchandise at about 6:20 p.m. and was stopped by store security outside the store. The store manager called police and reported that “the female produced a knife when stopped,” Edwards said in a statement.

“The security officer demanded the stolen items back when he approached the female outside and she refused to give them up,” the lieutenant said, referring to Officer Jeremy Brock’s arrest report. “A struggle ensued between them and they went to the ground, at which time the female produced a knife. The [security] officer fought to get the knife away from her [and] the woman fell back onto the knife, cutting her hand.”

Kenney took off running and got into a red Subaru that left the scene and was stopped minutes later on Ohio Street by Sgt. Rob Angelo.

Kenney “pulled her long-sleeve sweatshirt over her injured hand as blood was actively dripping to the ground” when she exited the vehicle, Angelo reported.

Kenney, who was charged with Class A robbery, was taken to a local hospital for stitches and then was taken to Penobscot County Jail. She remained in jail Thursday afternoon on $1,000 cash bail, a jail official said.

“All the stolen property was recovered by J.C. Penney security and the security officer received minor scrapes to his hands but was not stabbed,” Edwards said.

The bloody knife was found in the car and placed into evidence, the lieutenant said.

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