Police: Shoplifter resisted arrest, faked seizure

ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - A Chester woman faked a seizure while being arrested for shoplifting in Rock Hill, according to a report from the Rock Hill Police Department.

The incident happened Friday just after 3 p.m. at It's Fashion Metro on Cherry Road.

Officers responded to the store after employees notified them of a female shoplifter who had left the store. Once on scene, they spoke to the store manager who pointed out the woman, later identified as Crystal Thomas, 25, who was still in the parking lot, the report states.

The officers spoke to Thomas, who became "extremely verbal and aggressive" towards them. A search of Thomas' bag revealed a set of ear rings that were not listed on her receipt, and the officers attempted to handcuff her.

That's when, police said, Thomas pulled away from them and ran back into the store and began yelling at employees. The officers were then able to handcuff Thomas as she continued to resist and placed her in the back of a patrol car.

The report states Thomas then began banging her head and face against the protective shield in the car before one of the officers opened the door and she hunched over and fell out of the vehicle. Once on the ground, Thomas began to "flop on the ground and spit as if she was having a medical emergency."

The officers immediately rolled Thomas onto her side, removed her handcuffs, and called EMS to the scene.

Paramedics evaluated Thomas at the scene, and told officers she was not having a medical emergency and was "simply putting on a show."

Thomas was then re-handcuffed, arrested and charged with resisting arrest and shoplifting second offense, due to the fact that she had a previous shoplifting conviction in 2005, police said.

She was taken to the Rock Hill Jail without further incident.

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