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Perris police officers arrested a 23-year-old Hemet woman shortly before 5:15 p.m. Saturday after she shoplifted items from a store and then assaulted a loss prevention officer in the 30000 block of Haun Road in Menifee before fleeing in her vehicle, a Sheriff’s official reported.
The woman, Cristian Natalie Valencia, allegedly assaulted the loss prevention officer in order to get away with her stolen merchandise before fleeing the scene in her white Hyundai Veloster, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.
After she left in her Hyundai Veloster, Valencia was located by officers in an area of Hemet when they recognized her license plate number, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Ralph Rico.
“A query of the suspect’s license plate number led deputies to the 27000 block of Rosemont Way, Hemet,” Rico said in his report. “A Hemet Sheriff’s Sergeant stopped the Hyundai Veloster in the 41000 block of Stonecliff Way, Hemet.”
Valencia was then positively identified as the individual who shoplifted and was then transported to Southwest Jail where she was booked.
An investigation into this incident is still ongoing and anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy S. Mannie at the Perris Station by calling 951-210-1000.