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Video: Shoplifting suspect punches Walmart worker in Laurel

Shoplifting suspect slugs Walmart employee who stops woman

A Walmart loss-prevention team member was hit repeatedly by a shoplifting suspect after the Walmart employee stops the woman with the suspect. The confrontation occurred in Laurel County, near Corbin.
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A Walmart loss-prevention team member was hit repeatedly by a shoplifting suspect after the Walmart employee stops the woman with the suspect. The confrontation occurred in Laurel County, near Corbin.

A suspected shoplifter repeatedly punched an employee of the Walmart in Corbin when the employee tried to stop him, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

Police arrested the attacker Friday afternoon with the help of tips generated by social media posts and media coverage of the attack.

The incident happened about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when the store’s loss-prevention team saw a man and a woman taking a flashlight, makeup and fingernail clippers, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

A male Walmart employee confronted the couple.

As the employee was talking to the woman, the man punched the worker in the head several times from behind and took back the shoplifted items before running off with the woman, according to the sheriff’s office.

The pair drove away in an older white Ford Escape, according to the sheriff’s office. The employee was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police caught up with the alleged attacker Friday at 12:55 p.m. at a residence seven miles west of London and arrested him after a short struggle, Root said in news release.

Police charged Seth Harville, 26, of Corbin, with first-degree robbery and resisting arrest. Harville is the person who allegedly hit the Walmart employee.

Police also charged Chelsea Kay Roark, 25, of Corbin, with first-degree robbery.

Police also arrested two people with them.

Kyle Holland, 28, of Laurel County was charged with hindering apprehension because he allegedly knew police wanted Harville but didn’t turn him in. Holland also was wanted on two outstanding charges of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Misty Harville, 27, was picked up on a prior charge of failing to appear in court.

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