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CRIME BRIEFS: Search for assault suspects continues

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CRIME BRIEFS: Search for assault suspects continues  | Crime Briefs, Crime, Theft, Assault, Vandalism, Murfreesboro, Belk, The Avenue Murfreesboro, MPD, Rape, College Grove Apartments

Police are searching for the two women, captured on this video surveillance footage, in connection with the Dec. 14, 2012, aggravated assault of a loss prevention officer at Belk, located on Medical Center Parkway, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo submitted)
The search continues for two unidentified women who allegedly stole $500 worth of designer boots and nearly ran over a loss prevention officer outside of Belk at The Avenue Murfreesboro.

Police have released still images from video surveillance footage of the Dec. 14 incident in hopes that someone could identify the suspects.

The women allegedly walked into the store, located in the 2600 block of Medical Center Parkway, at about 9:30 p.m. and began searching through the shoe section. Within a few minutes, one of the women grabbed two pairs of Ugg boots and concealed them in her bags, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

The other woman then exited the store and drove up next to the front entrance, as the second suspect ran out of the store to get into the vehicle.

When the loss prevention officer tried to stop the women from fleeing the scene, the driver quickly accelerated toward the male employee. The loss prevention officer told police that he had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the car, which is believed to be a black Chrysler Sebring.

Based on the photos released by police, both suspects are black females who appear to be in their early to mid-20s.

At the time of the incident, one of the women was wearing a red jacket, black pants and had long hair.

The other woman is described as being 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing an estimated 160 pounds, and she was wearing a dark, multi-colored jacket and black pants when the assault occurred.

Anyone with information about this case should contact Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.

Several cars vandalized over weekend

Police are trying to determine whether a string of car vandalisms that occurred Sunday off West Lokey Avenue near downtown Murfreesboro could be connected.

The tires on at least six cars, all of which were parked outside of homes that are located within a one-mile radius, were slashed some time after midnight and before 8 a.m., according to multiple Murfreesboro Police Department incident reports.

Three cars in the 100 block of West Chestnut Street, two vehicles near the 700 block of North Church Street, as well as another outside of a home in the 500 block of North Maple Street, were reportedly vandalized.

In total, an estimated $800 worth of property was damaged during the incident.

All of the residents told police they had no idea who would want to vandalize their property, and police were unable to find any witnesses who could provide a possible lead in the case.

As of Wednesday, no one had been charged in connection with the vandalisms, and the matter remains under investigation.

Woman reports being raped at party

An investigation has been opened into allegations that an 18-year-old intoxicated woman was raped while she was passed out after a night of heavy drinking during a party Saturday at College Grove Apartments in Murfreesboro.

The incident occurred in the 1500 block of New Lascassas Pike some time between the hours of 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

The woman reportedly had a party at her residence and consumed an unknown amount of alcoholic beverages before falling asleep. When she awoke a few hours later, the woman discovered that she was naked and there were used condoms lying on the floor.

Initially, the man accused in the incident admitted to having sex with the woman, but he later recanted his story. However, another man who attended the party later told police that he saw the woman being raped and identified the suspect.

Detectives have since taken over the case, and the matter remains under investigation.

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