Robbery suspect flees Macys after alleged attack on employee

Milford police arrested a Hamden woman after she assaulted a Macys employee during an attempted robbery on Oct. 3.

Police say that Tasha Williams, 33, of Hamden took a jacket valued at $180, removed the security sensor and left the store without paying for it.

According to police, Williams then began striking an employee who had approached her as she was leaving. Williams then sprayed the employee in the face with pepper spray.

Subsequent to these actions, Williams then displayed a metal object, allegedly telling the employee it was a knife and attempting to stab him with it.

Police say that Williams then fled the scene in a vehicle, leading police on a chase after they had attempted to stop her vehicle on Old Gate Lane. Police say that Williams refused to pull over, continuing to travel onto I-95 Northbound.

According to police, William was stopped by police in West Haven where she was taken into custody.

Police discovered that Williams had a 15 year old juvenile in the vehicle with her at the time who was not involved in the incident. Police say that Williams had discarded stolen items out of the vehicle’s window during the chase that were recovered by police.

Williams is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree attempted assault, sixth-degree larceny, third-degree criminal mischief, interfering with police, risk of injury, engaging police in pursuit, failure to obey officer’s signal and reckless driving. She was held on $100,000.