A woman who allegedly left her 11-year-old daughter behind at a Daly City Target store after being confronted by the store security guards for shoplifting has been arrested, police announced Friday.
Investigators located Rosalina Medina, 34, of Oakland, along with her infant daughter Thursday at a Denny's Restaurant at 601 Hegenberger Road in Oakland. Officers arrested Medina on suspicion of child endangerment, buying or receiving a stolen vehicle and equipment, being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Medina also had three out of county warrants, according to officials at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City.
Police also arrested two other people during the course of their investigation. Marques Lewis, 26, of Pacifica, was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, possession of a loaded firearm and outstanding warrants. Angelica Reed-Medina, 27, of Oakland, was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, police said.
Police had been looking for Medina in connection with an incident reported at 10:06 a.m. on Nov. 24 at a Target store off Serramonte Boulevard, according to police. Security guards at the store told police they saw a woman and a child concealing items in a shopping bag.
The guards confronted the two as they were exiting the store with stolen merchandise, police said. The woman, later identified as Medina, told the officers they couldn't arrest her daughter because she was only 11 years old. As an officer attempted to detain the girl, Medina allegedly told her to fight the officers and run, according to police. The girl bit one of the guards on the shoulder and Medina left the store with her infant daughter, leaving the 11-year-old behind, police said.
Child protective service officials were called and took custody of the 11-year-old, according to police.
The three suspects have been booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility, police said.