Shoplifter With Taste for Jimmy Choos Bit Boutique Worker, Cops Say
EAST VILLAGE — This alleged shoplifter had more than just an appetite for designer shoes.
Melissa Scott, 28, was caught red-handed Sunday for allegedly stealing a pair of Jimmy Choo boots from Cadillac's Castle at 333 E. Ninth St. — after biting both a store employee and a police officer who tried to restrain her, according to the clothing store's owners and cops.
The Brooklyn woman, who has a prior history of assault charges, was arrested about 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 20, and charged with robbery, assault and possession of stolen property in the toothy attack, according to cops.
"She [the employee] saw that she [Scott] had security tags hanging out her bags," said Cadillac's Castle owner Kreg, who only wanted to give his first name.
The store specializes in used, modern clothing from high-end brands such as Prada and Chanel.
When the employee approached Scott and attempted to take back the knee-high Jimmy Choo boots boasting a $350 price tag, a scuffle ensued onto the sidewalk, the owner explained.
Scott then bit the employee on the right hand — her jaw clenched so tight a neighboring store owner had trouble prying her off, according to Kreg.
"As they pulled [Scott] off, the bite went up [the worker's] hand," he said, adding that it drew blood.
"[The employee] had to go out and get all her booster shots, tetanus, et cetera," he added.
Scott then fled up the street to St. Mark's Place before she allegedly bore her fangs again, this time biting the police officer who arrested her, cops said.
Kreg said only the store owner and a few other shoppers assisted the employee as she struggled with Scott.
"All the people on the street just stood around and did nothing," he said. "Absolutely nothing."