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Police Arrest Man Wanted in Assault Connected to Darien Shoplifting

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A man wanted by Darien police on charges of assault and robbery in an incident last February was identified with help from North Carolina police and taken into custody with help from New York City police, Darien police announced on Wednesday. Here’s how Darien police described what happened, in an account including accusations not proven in court:

Back in February, two men suspected of shoplifting at the Walgreens store on Heights Road were followed into the parking lot by an employee, who confronted one of them. That employee was struck by one of the two men — the police account at the time said the victim believed it was one of the men who was not holding a bag of loot while witnesses said it was the man with the bag. Whoever struck him, the employee was hit so hard that he fell to the ground, receiving minor injuries. Police were able to arrest the man he confronted, Keston M. Charles, 22, of Brooklyn, New York, but Charles told police he didn’t know the actual name of his accomplice, who went by “Q.”

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Police: Shoplifter Turns Violent, Causing Minor Injury to Store Employee, Gets Arrested

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When a Walgreens employee followed two shoplifters out of the store on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and confronted a man holding a bag of loot, the other man struck him from behind, and the two fled, according to Darien police. According to the police account, that blow seems to have turned shoplifters into robbers — when police found one of the two, they charged him with second-degree robbery, a felony. Here’s what police said happened, in an account that includes accusations not proven in court:

Keston Charles, 21, of Brooklyn, New York and another male were seen walking out of the store with a garbage bag full of items. The bag was later recovered, and a Walgreens manager told police it contained items priced at a total of $1,658.78. In the parking lot of the Heights Road store, the employee confronted the males, but while he was speaking with one of them, the other — later identified as Charles — struck him from behind, causing him to fall to the ground.