LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman arrested for running over a mall maintenance man after she stole an $18 hat received five years of probation after she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of robbery Tuesday morning.
Tishannah Ross, 30, accepted the plea bargain in the 159th District Court.
The robbery charge is in connection to an incident that occurred at the Claire's inside the Lufkin Mall. According to an arrest affidavit, Ross went into the store on March 22, took a hat off the wall, and placed it on her head. She then pushed the tag under the hat and left the store.
The manager of Claire's followed Ross through the mall, the affidavit stated. When the employee tried to get Ross to return the hat, the woman became confrontational and claimed she had paid for the hat.
After the manager convinced Ross to return to Claire's, they met mall security and called the Lufkin Police Department. When the manager tried to get Ross' information, she ran out of the mall and got into a vehicle, according to the affidavit.
A maintenance man stood behind her car attempting to get her license plate number. At that point, she backed up at a high rate of speed and hit the man in the legs, according to the affidavit. The maintenance man, who suffered bruises near his knees, would have been killed if he had not moved out of the way, according to the store manager.
Ross left the hat which started the whole confrontation behind.
After the Lufkin Police Department obtained a warrant for Ross' arrest on March 29, a Crime Stoppers tip led Department of Public Safety troopers to her, and they arrested her during a traffic stop.