Police are searching for a woman and two children accused of robbing a Family Dollar store in Volusia County. Then, the woman and one of the children allegedly attacked a store manager who tried to stop them.
Now that manager is facing disciplinary action.
Police said the unidentified woman entered the store on Nova Road in Holly Hill Wednesday evening. An assistant manager told police she watched the woman make some selections, put a "50 percent sale" sticker on a toy and head to the register to ask for a price check.
The manager told the woman the toy was not on sale. When the suspect tried to leave the store with several items still in her cart she was stopped. The woman handed over the items, and she and the two children -- a 1-year-old and a 7-year-old -- left the store without buying anything.
A little while later the manager told police the woman returned with the children, filled a shopping bag and walked out without paying.
The assistant manager went to the parking lot to write down the tag number on the woman's car. She then called 911. That's when police say the suspect attacked the manager, punching her in the face. The manager said the woman told the older child to join in and attack the manager.
Police said the woman and child then got in the car, backed out of the parking lot toward the manager, put the car in drive, appeared to try and hit the manager again, then left the parking lot.
“She was very scared. She was very shocked," said Brandon Davis, store manager. "She didn’t think before she reacted. Once you see something happen like that, you get that adrenaline, oh I’m going to get this person. I’m going to get this person but you don’t know what you’re going to get when you go chasing them.”
The car was found at a home in Daytona Beach. Police said the car belonged to someone else, who claimed he loaned the car to his granddaughter.
The woman is in her early 30s, 5 foot 6 inches tall with a large build, dark skin and black hair in a ponytail. She was wearing a long-sleeved light green shirt and blue jeans. She had a 7 to 8-year-old and a 1-2 year old with her.
If you know anything, you are asked to call CrimeStoppers of Northeast Florida at (888) 277-TIPS.