Brick Woman Attempted to Run Over Security Following Mall Theft, Police Say

Charges stem from incident on January 16.

A Brick woman faces several charges from an incident at the Freehold Raceway Mall last week.

Shamera Whitfield, 20is charged with shoplifting for allegedly taking more than $500 worth of merchandise from several stores in the mall on January 16. She is then alleged to have attempted to hide the merchandise in green plastic bags that were put under a 2-year-old in a stroller.

After putting the items in the stroller Whitfield reportedly attempted to flee from the mall. She is charged with robbery as a result of the incident as well. Court papers indicate she attempted to use her vehicle against a uniformed mall security officer who was on foot and “ramming said vehicle into a marked mall security vehicle occupied by two uniformed all security officers.”

Whitfield is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child for her actions during the attempted theft. Whitfield is alleged to have been seen “tossing,” the 2-year-old into the back of her car with the other items she had stolen and driving recklessly in an attempt to leave the mall while the child was not wearing a proper safety restraint.

She also faces charges of committing an act or using a juvenile during the commission of the crime for using the child to hide the stolen items.

As a result of attempting to injure the officers with her car Whitfield is also charged with criminal aggravated assault. She is also charged with criminal mischief for causing more than $2000 worth of damages to the vehicles she hit while attempting to leave the scene.

Chuck Cumella January 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Such a nice mother.
Mac January 22, 2014 at 02:25 PM
hey, when one builds a Raceway Mall next to marked travel lanes on the Rt. 9 parking lot, drivers can get confused - the ability of NJ drivers hasn't changed much since the new driver's license charade went into effect after 9/11 - but the new picture NJ driver's licenses have prettier colors on them than the old mail order NJ driver's license had
WMS826 January 22, 2014 at 02:59 PM
Pretty dumb comment Mac....she used a baby to commit a crime and could have killed someone in the process. Both she and her sister are charged with Robbery and if you read the Asbury park press article she was involved in another theft or robbery a short few days before this. More Sawmill rd trash at work. Lakewood is rebuilding and pushing people out of there into the neighboring towns which is why you are seeing shootings and a violent crime in areas where you never had it before. Time to get serious and work on saving your towns now before your homes are worth nothing.
Mac January 22, 2014 at 03:36 PM
okay, let's roast her and toast her some more - I kind of felt we already knew all we needed to know about her, so I commented on the irony of the mall name since I'm not a Freehold Raceway history buff - however I'll just take a step back and let the name calling begin
Mac January 22, 2014 at 03:56 PM
okay, rereading it I see I did word it poorly from my perspective of only seeing this mall, or any Freehold mall, from the traffic lanes on Rt. 9 while I'm sitting in them the handful of times I've needed to attend a sporting event in the area - for that misdirection I apologize, but not for the intention of the comment
Renee Lachapelle January 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Guess she just kissed her baby goodbye. Baby goes to DYFUS, mom goes to jail. We pay either way!
JG January 24, 2014 at 07:19 AM
How did she make it all the way to her car with a baby in the stroller, seems to me if they stopped her in the mall or when she walking out the door of the Mall there would have been no danger to the security or there vehicle or to her baby being put in the vehicle . You have to remember you were chasing a shop lifter with a baby in a carriage, how did she make it to the car and put a baby and a carriage in the car ? I think they could have got the license plate and had her stopped on the road instead of jeopardizing other peoples safety. How far behind her was this security? How many times have innocent people been injured in police chases, and so what if she stuck it in the baby carriage no difference in that then putting it in a large pocketbook or her coat. BUT THEY CALL THAT USING HER BABY TO COMMIT A CRIME MAYBE A CARRIAGE/Stroller not the baby, lets get real. Renee your probably right DYFUS would use that to take her child, with all the abuse cases going on I guess that makes her a bad mother for shoplifting, and security had no obligation to consider the situation, typical rent a cop.
Mark Story Jenks January 29, 2014 at 11:08 PM
The name says it all.
Mark Story Jenks January 29, 2014 at 11:15 PM
Three sisters, Shamera, Shamecca, and Rashauna? I couldn't have made that up even in my wildest dreams. http://www.app.com/article/20140120/NJNEWS14/301200087/Shamera-Whitfield-Brick-charged-shoplifting-Jackson-before-Freehold-Raceway-Mall-incident


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