NORTH SMITHFIELD – A 35-year-old Woonsocket woman was arrested this month after reportedly assaulting a supermarket employee who confronted her over a bag of stolen meat.
Amy Dauphinais was charged with shoplifting, simple assault and disorderly conduct following the incident on Wednesday, Jan. 5.
According to the arrest report, a Stop & Shop Loss Prevention employee told police that he observed Dauphinais selecting large amounts of ground beef and putting it into a reusable bag in her shopping cart.
The store manager told officers that when he confronted Dauphinais, she swung a bag of meat at him, hitting him on the right side. He said Dauphinais threatened to punch him in the face multiple times, and that when he took out his phone to call the police, she tried to grab it, leaving a scratch on his hand.
The meats should have cost a total of $156.92, according to the report.
Dauphinais told police that she did not shoplift, and that she only hit the employee because he pushed her.
It is not her first run-in with North Smithfield police. In September, she was charged with three counts of shoplifting, obstructing an officer and felony conspiracy.
Dauphinais is scheduled to face Judge Anthony Caparo for charges from both incidents on Tuesday, Feb. 1.