Additional charges filed, bail increased for Bangor shoplifting suspect who fell on knife during scuffle with security officer

Posted April 25, 2014, at 5:57 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bail was increased to $21,000 cash Friday for the local woman who pulled a knife during a scuffle with a security officer from J.C. Penney at the Bangor Mall and then fell on it, cutting herself.

In addition to being charged with robbery, Kimberly Kenney, 50, now is facing two counts of forgery and one count each of theft and misuse of credit identification, James Aucoin, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said Friday.

Aucoin said that $20,000 of the bail total is for the robbery charge alone. He also said that Walmart and China Light also filed complaints against Kenney, whom Aucoin said is a transient.

Kenney was arrested by Bangor police Wednesday evening after she allegedly left J.C. Penney with a bag of unpaid merchandise and was stopped by store security outside the store. The store manager called police and reported that Kenney produced a knife when stopped.

The security officer demanded the stolen items back when he approached Kenney and she refused to give them up, Lt. Paul Edwards said Thursday, citing an arrest report.

“A struggle ensued between them and they went to the ground, at which time the female produced a knife,” Edwards said. “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 initially was charged with Class A robbery and held on $1,000 bail. She was taken to a local hospital for stitches before being taken to Penobscot County Jail, where she remained Friday.

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