Police: 22-year-old Paris woman shoplifted at Walmart and fought employees who tried to stop her

Paris police suburban - CopyA 22-year-old Paris woman was arrested about 4 p.m. Monday in the block behind Walmart and charged with robbery in connection with an incident inside the store.

Store officials said Courtney Jill Hampton was observed taking items and leaving the store without paying for them, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

When store  employees attempted to detain her, she assaulted one employee and fled on foot, company officials said.

Garrett said Hampton was taken into custody in the 3700 block of Pine Mill Road. Officers located marijuana inside her purse along with the stolen merchandise, and she was later transferred to the Lamar County Jail.

Garrett said police officers responded on Monday to 97 calls, resulting in the arrests of seven individuals.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.