Searcy police are waiting to extradite a 22-year-old Little Rock woman wanted in attacks on two elderly White County women on the same day in November after finding out she was arrested in Missouri in December.
“She will have to face her charges there before we can begin the extradition process of bringing her here to face her charges,” Searcy Police Department Lt. Todd Wells said of Keasia Shaneice Thomas, who was arrested Dec. 8 by the Jackson Police Department. “We do have a hold on her in case she is released for some reason.”
Thomas is being held Friday in the Cape Girardeau County jail on a $25,000 bond. Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Director Sgt. Cody Windbigler confirmed that there has been a warrant issued for Thomas for four counts of felony stealing. “Looks like it was four counts of class D felony stealing and it looks like she is being held here on disposition and her next court date was continued to the 19th [of January] at 9 a.m.,” Windbigler said.
Sixteen charges have been officially filed against Thomas in White County based on accusations that she followed two women home from the Walmart Supercenter in Searcy and attacked and robbed them.
A warrant was issued for Thomas on Dec. 9 at the request of the 17th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on charges of class Y felony aggravated robbery, two counts of class Y felony aggravated residential burglary, class B felony robbery, class D felony battery in the second degree, class D felony breaking and entering, four counts of class D felony theft of property-credit/debit card, two counts of class A misdemeanor theft of property valued less than $1,000, two counts of class A misdemeanor fraudulent use of a credit/debit card and two counts of class A misdemeanor interference with emergency communication.
According to the affidavit written by Searcy Police Department Detective Kara Osborne, police responded to a residence at approximately 1:01 p.m. Nov. 17 where the 93-year-old alleged victim said she had been attacked by an unknown Black female, later identified as Thomas.
She reportedly said that Thomas followed her “throughout the store as she shopped” Nov. 17 then was “directly behind her as she completed her transaction at the checkout.” Thomas reportedly followed the alleged victim as she left the store and asked for a ride home. “When the victim refused, the two parted ways in the parking lot,” Osborne wrote, with the alleged victim then going to the post office and home.
At the alleged victim’s home, Thomas reportedly “entered her open garage and handed the victim her own mail from her mailbox.” She then asked the alleged victim for a tissue before pushing her inside her home. The alleged victim then was knocked down and dragged “across the hallway floor,” into her bedroom, “causing injuries to both her left arm and left leg,” Osborne wrote.
Thomas then reportedly emptied the alleged victim’s handbag and took around $150 in cash, a credit card and a fuel card. Her cellphone and a cordless phone on the nightstand also reportedly were taken, including one being taken from the alleged victim as she tried to call for help. When Thomas left, the alleged victim called for help on another cordless phone in the house, Osborne wrote.
Thomas was identified by “several anonymous citizens” based on “a surveillance photo from a BOLO [Be On the Look Out For] sent out by the Pangburn Police Department,” which had taken “a similar report” involving Thomas around 5:02 p.m. that day, Osborne wrote. “Officers were able to acquire surveillance photos of the suspect, in Pangburn, as well as a photo of her vehicle as they investigated her case.”
Then-Pangburn Police Chief Bill Miller said the incident happened around 2 p.m. and the victim was “in her late 60’s or maybe 70’s.”
Another other alleged elderly victim reportedly contacted Osborne the next day, saying that “a similar incident” happened to her Nov. 15. She reportedly recognized the suspect from the photo posted by Searcy police as the person who “had interacted with her at Walmart in Sherwood, and was subsequently followed home and her wallet was stolen.”
Thomas reportedly also had gotten into the woman’s Cash App account and sent $200 to “Keasia Thomas.” Five videos from the Searcy Walmart Supercenter’s Asset Protection Department that showed Thomas following the alleged Searcy victim “in and from the store” were used to determine that the suspect was the same in all three incidents.
The vehicle that Thomas reportedly used was found in Pulaski County and was processed for evidence.