Store Clerk Hit As Suspected Shoplifter Makes Getaway

Scary moments for a store clerk at the Greenville Mall Friday morning.

The clerk, 31-year-old Ralph Petway, was hit by a suspected shoplifter's vehicle as the woman was making her getaway.

A witness told WITN News that the woman came out of Rack Room Shoes around 11:45 a.m. with Petway running after her. The woman got into a minivan, but mall security blocked her in. Instead the woman jumped the curb barrier, and her van then struck the clerk.

The woman backed up, and took off. A witness was able to give police her license plate number. Petway fell to the pavement and was sent to Pitt County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The hospital says he has since been released.

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