UPDATE: Woman accused of popping manager with purse full of pork arrested

Image captured from Bill's Fresh Market. (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.)
Image captured from Bill's Fresh Market. (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police have arrested a woman they say popped a grocery store manager in the head with a purse full of pork ribs.

On Thursday, Jonesboro police arrested Joshlin Monique Ames, 28, on suspicion of robbery after someone recognized her on Region 8 News' Crimestoppers and reported her.

Tuesday afternoon, two women and a small child entered Bill's Fresh Market, 4225 Stadium, and headed to the meat aisle where they loaded five packages of pork ribs into their cart.

The store manager then noticed something unusual: one of the women started stuffing the pork in her empty purse.

To stop them from running out with the ribs, the manager locked the front doors and confronted the women about the alleged shoplifting.

According to the initial incident report, "they started banging on the door to exit the store."

The women managed to get out the doors into the parking lot, with the manager and several other employees right behind them, trying to stop them.

That's when police say Ames started swinging the purse packed with pork, striking the manager in the head.

Somehow in the melee, the employees managed to recover the meat.

The suspects and the child got into a silver Chevy Impala and left the store, driving north on Stadium.

According to the police report, while running out to the car, the child fell and broke a glass bottle he was holding, cutting his hand.

The crime was featured on Crimestoppers that night on Region 8 News. According to a police report, a viewer recognized Ames and called 935-STOP.

The store manager also identified her from a six-person lineup, according to Detective Mike Branscum's report.

"During an interview, Ames admitted she was at the store and admitted to being the person who stole the merchandise and hit the manager," Branscum said.

She was booked into the Craighead County Detention Center to await a bond hearing.

She and the other woman, who has not been identified, are also suspected in a similar pork pulling heist earlier that day at Kroger.

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