Witness Pursuit Leads to Two Arrests at Nearby Homeless Encampment for Armed Robbery of Emeryville ULTA Store
The Emeryville Police Department announced the arrest of two suspects for armed robbery of the ULTA Beauty cosmetic store on Friday. In custody are 47-year-old Lamonte Hardman and 29-year-old Shavonna Johnson, both listed as Oakland residents.
At approximately 7:19 p.m., Emeryville Police Officers responded to ULTA at the East Bay Bridge Shopping Center on the report of a theft that just occurred. Employees reported two suspects stole merchandise from the business and brandished knives when confronted. The suspects then fled the store on foot.
A witness followed the suspects as they walked to a nearby homeless encampment on the 3500 block of Peralta Street and hid in a tent. The witness directed responding officers to their location.
Suspects Hardman and Johnson were contacted and arrested without incident. The weapons used during the commission of the crime were located and recovered.
The investigation revealed Hardman was a parolee at large and active to probation for theft related offenses. He was arrested for armed robbery, a parole violation and re-arrested for his probation violation.
Johnson was also active to probation and had a theft related misdemeanor warrant. Johnson was booked for armed robbery, a probation violation and the warrant.