A California woman arrested on suspicion of shoplifting Friday was additionally charged with robbery and violation of civil rights by force or threat in connection to two incidents weeks earlier.
Mountain View Police said 39-year-old Karen Inman was arrested for allegedly trying to steal candy and ice cream from a Smart and Final store on East El Camino Real at about 11 a.m. on Friday, March 5.
Police said an arrest warrant had been issued for Inman a week earlier in connection to a theft and a battery at a store and restaurant in Mountain View in February.
Police said a woman had reportedly taken food and clothing items from a market on Castro Street on Feb. 13, allegedly telling store staff “she did not have to pay because of their Asian ethnicity.”
Responding officers found the suspect minutes later and detained her. The officers were informed of a second call that had come in earlier the same day about “a woman matching Inman’s description who had yelled at two patrons, one of whom was of Asian descent. As Inman was yelling racial epithets at the diner, she allegedly also spit in his direction,” according to Mountain View Police.
The 36-year-old victim had been eating outside with a friend near Castro and Villa streets “when Inman approached him and, unprovoked, spat on him. She then used an ethnic slur,” according to the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office. “A fellow diner, who had seen the defendant approach other people of Asian descent in the area but did not know how she spoke with them, called police.”