LONGVIEW — A man is taken into custody after an alleged shoplifting/aggravated robbery incident in Longview. On Tuesday at 7:05 p.m., officers were dispatched to Sears, at 3500 McCann Road, for an aggravated robbery. When officers arrived they were told man identified as Rodney Leandre Webb, 44, of Longview, pulled a knife on the store’s loss prevention employee and also bit the employee during a shoplifting incident. The store employee stated that he observed Webb shoplifting and that when he attempted to stop him, Webb pulled a knife out of his pocket with the blade exposed. The employee reportedly knocked the knife out of Webb’s hand, and a short struggle ensued. During this struggle, Webb allegedly bit the employee in an attempt to get away. Store employees were able to subdue Webb until police arrived, according to authorities.
Webb was arrested for aggravated robbery and two outstanding warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity and possession of drug paraphernalia. Webb claimed he had been injured during the altercation and was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center for evaluation before being transported to the Gregg County Jail without further incident.