July 10, 2008— Milton and Alpharetta police caught four suspects June 29 after a case of simple shoplifting turned ugly.Two suspects allegedly tried to shoplift nearly $800 worth of DVDs and videogames from the Wal-Mart on Windward Parkway, then tried to hit an employee and threatenened him with a knife after being stopped while attempting to leave the store.
According to a report of the incident, Bryant Gilliam, 39, of Duluth and his girlfriend, Carmen N. Rouse, 24, of Atlanta were stopped after Wal-Mart personnel noticed them allegedly stuffing DVDs and videogames in a sack. As a employee tried to look inside the bag held by Rouse, Gilliam allegedly took a swing at him, then pulled a knife and told him to, "Back away from my girl."
They were allowed to leave, and jumped in a red Chevrolet Avalanche truck reportedly driven by two men, Frederick R. Ritchie, 40, of Lawrenceville and Leon P. Meek, 40, of Decatur.The four were picked up by Alpharetta police a short time later on Ga. 400 just south of Mansell Road.Gilliam was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and felony shoplifting. He also had a warrant out for his arrest for felony shoplifting out of South Carloina.Rouse was charged with felony shoplifting. Ritchie and Meek were both charged with being party to a crime, and Meek had a warrant out for his arrest from Alpharetta for failure to appear in court.