Police charge 2 for shoplifting at Md. department store

CHARLES COUNTY (WUSA9) -- Police arrested two people for shoplifting from a store at the St. Charles Town Center and then trying to run away from authorities.

The incident happened on April 30 around 2:00 p.m. at a department store. When Police got to the scene, they were able to spot the car the suspect fled in. When Police tried to stop the car, the driver tried to leave, striking a car. The suspect, Jacob Jamal Sbeitan, 31, then continued south on Crain Highway and as he approached Billingsley Road, he struck a guardrail which propelled his vehicle into three cars at the intersection, police said.

Sbeitan appeared to be armed with a gun, jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to carjack someone who was stopped at a stop sign. After he was unable to do that, he tried to run away on foot towards a church parking lot, officials said.

Officials had to use a TASER and were able to arrest Sbeitan. Two drivers of the cars were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Police did not located a gun. They also took custody of a female accomplice, Christina Lynn Rivas, 40, who went into the department store and grabbed bundles of men's clothing. She was arrested by store security during the time of the robbery, police said.

Sbeitan has been charged with armed robbery, theft over $1000, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted carjacking, destruction of property, fleeing and eluding, driving while impaired, reckless driving, driving while suspended, hit and run, and reckless endangerment. He also had three open warrants with the Calvert County Sheriff's Office, police said.

Rivas has been charged with theft over $1000, second-degree assault, giving a false name, possession of narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She had four open warrants with Anne Arundel County Police Department.


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