UPDATE: Woman accused of retail theft also suspected in attack

UPDATED Wednesday, January 15, 2014 --- 4:52 p.m.

Madison Police say a woman recently arrested in a retail theft case is also suspected of attacking a loss prevention officer at a local Target.

Ratonda Holmes is one of two women arrested over the weekend for shoplifting. Dane Co. deputies say the women may be part of a larger retail theft ring.

A 25-year-old loss prevention officer at the Lien Rd. Target saw a picture of Holmes in online media reports.

She tells police she recognized Holmes as the suspect who attacked her on December 22.

The victim says she tried to stop Holmes and another woman from leaving Target with $500 worth of merchandise that day.

She says Holmes grabbed her, twisted her breast and threatened to douse her with pepper spray. The victim backed off, per company policy.

The loss prevention officer plans to pursue a lifetime ban from Target for Holmes.

Holmes now faces additional charges of battery, retail theft and use of pepper spray during the commission of a crime.


Monday January 13, 2014

DANE COUNTY, Wis.---Two Madison women arrested over the weekend for shoplifting may be part of a larger retail theft ring, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Akia Jones and Ratonda Holmes were arrested Sunday at Gander Mountain in the town of Burke.

In a rented car deputies found stolen items from Gander Mountain. They also found items stolen from other stores.

Jones, age 20, was arrested for Retail Theft. Holmes, age 23, was also charged with Tampering With a Security Device and a probation violation.

Detectives think the stolen merchandise could involve several cities across the Midwest.

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