Two arrested after striking shoplifting witness

MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH)– Two women have been arrested for stealing from a Stop and Shop and striking a witness in Manchester Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, officers responded to the Stop and Shop on Broad Street for a report of shoplifting at the store. One of the suspects, 52 year old Barbara Jackson, was spotted by store security putting items into her purse before leaving the store.

Police say store security approached Jackson, and the two got into a brief scuffle between the two. A customer who just arrived at the store and witnessed the scuffle. Police say Jackson then ran to her car. The customer then stood in front of her car in an effort to keep the car from moving.

Jackson proceeded to drive forward and struck the customer, who went up onto the car hood and held on as Jackson began driving away. Police say the customer punched a hole into to windshield while riding on top of the hood of the vehicle. The customer was able to jump off the car shortly after. He received minor injuries to his wrist and leg during the incident.

According to police, Jackson continued to engage officers in a pursuit throughout numerous town streets before getting onto the highway. State police closed off exit 50 and arrested both Jackson and 49 year old Mary Jordan, who was in the car at the time of the incident.

Jackson faces numerous charges, including criminal attempt of assault, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving. Jordan was charged with conspiracy to commit larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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