Female Store Employee Assaulted

A young woman working at a Smithfield business was assaulted. Police are now searching for the suspect.

Around 2:40pm last Wednesday, February 3rd, the 21 year-old female victim happened to be alone in the store while working at Claire’s at 1025 Outlet Center Drive.  Police said a man entered the business and grabbed the woman’s arm and attempted to lead her outside. While this was occurring, a customer came into the store and the suspect immediately left.  The customer stayed with the employee until police arrived.

Police said they are searching for a bald older black male with a tall slender build. He was wearing glasses. The suspect may have fled in a Saturn passenger car.

Captain R. Sheppard said officers are continuing to work leads in the case.  Anyone who may have any information to help investigators identify the suspect is asked to call the Smithfield Police Department at 919-934-2121 or the Police Tip Line at 919-989-8835.