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Five people attack female police officer for attempting to stop shoplifter

By Mason White 11:12 AM December 22, 2015
Raelle Roderick 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A woman turned herself in to police after investigators asked the public for help in locating her in connection with an assault of an officer.

According to police in Alaska, Raelle Roderick, 21, turned herself in to the Anchorage police, after she was seen shoplifting at a store in the Dimond Center mall.

Sgt. Lauren Kunder was off duty and shopping at the Claire’s accessory store about 9:45 p.m., when she heard a commotion. The officer learned that Roderick stole an estimated $54 in jewelry.

As she left the store without paying, employees ordered her to return the items, but she refused. That is when Kunder identified herself as an officer and stepped in.

Roderick and four of her friends pushed their way past the officer. The officer then took photos of the suspect. In response, one of the suspects hit the phone out the officer’s hand.

The officer grabbed her and attempted to restrain her. That is when the officer was slapped in the face four times.

Roderick managed to flee the scene, but her friends were arrested.

Roderick later turned herself in and was charged with removal of merchandise worth over $50, resisting arrest by use of force, resisting arrest by hiding or barricading and assault on an officer.

Alicia Hinzman, 20, and Taylor Roderick, 22, were charged with assault on an officer and obstructing the arrest of someone else using force.

Alexis Roderick, 18, was charged with resisting/interfering with an arrest. A 17-year-old girl, who has not been named, was charged with assault on an officer and obstructing or interfering with an arrest.

She is being held at the McLaughlin Youth Center.