NWGA Scanner | August 27th, 2021

Rome man arrested after foot chase with officers through Dalton Walmart after being caught shoplifting again

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on August 13th, 2021, at around 8:50 AM, Officer Avila and Officer Thornton responded to the Walmart located at 815 Shugart Road in reference to a shoplifting in progress. The officer meets with the loss prevention associate, who showed us a video of the suspect later identified as Randall Phillip Patterson, 23, of Rome. The associate informed officers that Randall was opening packages, and Officer Thornton viewed him open a package on video. Officers went to make contact with Randall. Officer Avila reported, “[I] informed Officer Thornton to stay near the front of the store while [I] made contact. [I] located Randall in the baby section looking at clothing. [I] grabbed his right hand, informing him not to move. Randall pulled away and ran west towards the garden section. [I] yelled out, ” police stop!” and Randall accelerated, cutting east back into the clothing section towards the grocery entrance due to a bystander blocking an aisle Randall ran westwards.” Officer Thornton ensued in the chase on foot when Randall began running to the grocery entrance, and Officer Avila was right behind them. Randall ran towards the exit slamming through the sliding exit doors. According to the report, Randall began to fall and was attempting to gain control to continue running. Officer Thornton grabbed his right arm while Randall was falling on the ground. Randall tucked his arms under his torso, actively resisting officers attempting to gain control of him. A bystander then began assisting officers with gaining control of Randall. According to the report, “Randall kept yelling out “I didn’t do anything wrong and didn’t steal anything.” Randall was then escorted back into the loss prevention office. Officer Avila asked Randall, “Why was he opening packages and concealing them back on shelves?” Randall just shrugged his head. Officer Avila reported, “[I] informed him cameras from Walmart show him doing these actions. Randall would not say anything but that he didn’t steal anything.” The associate provided officers with a receipt of binoculars costing $42.34 and a pack of opened batteries that Randall opened. The associate informed Officer Avila that Randall was trespassed from Walmart properties after being caught shoplifting from Walmart in Rome on August 17th, 2019. Randall was transported to the Whitfield County Jail and charged with criminal trespass, obstructing law enforcement, and theft by shoplifting.