Wichita police arrest 4 girls for robbery, beating TJ Maxx employee

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police say they've arrested four girls between the ages of 12 and 15 in connection to theft from a department store and beating of a loss prevention employee. 

Officers responded at around 10 a.m. Saturday, November 9, to an assault at the T.J. Maxx at Kellogg and Rock Road. The 40-year-old female employee and witnesses told police that three suspects had shoplifted items from the store and were contacted by the employee as they were leaving. 

"The three suspects battered the employee by punching and kicking her," Officer Charley Davidson said in a news release. "A fourth suspect exited a nearby black Cadillac and also battered the victim and took her cell phone."

The employee briefly lost consciousness and suffered minor injuries. The girls fled in the Cadillac. 

Investigators were able to identify the girls, a 12-year-old and three 15-year-olds. They were arrested and booked into juvenile detention for the following:

  • 12-year-old girl - aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and theft
  • 15-year-old girl - aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and theft
  • 15-year-old girl - aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and theft
  • 15-year-old girl - aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and an outstanding warrant.

Police did not say who owns the Cadillac or if the teen who was behind the wheel will be cited for driving it.

The investigation is ongoing and will be presented to the district attorney's office.

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