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Shoplifting Incidents in Kennewick Turn Violent, Lead to Arrest

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KENNEWICK, WA - Kennewick Police say several people are facing charges after two separate shoplifting incidents that turned violent. 

Police say around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, 18-year-old Joshua Aguilar and a 17-year-old boy from Kennewick ran out of Target carrying alcohol, and then got into a car driven by a 16-year-old girl. Officers tried to stop the car on Columbia Center Blvd near Applebees, but found the car abandoned near the mall a few minutes later. 

Police say when they found the three teenagers, all three ran off, forcing officers to chase them inside and outside of the mall. Police eventually arrested the 17-year-old boy and booked him into juvenile detention for theft, assault, obstructing and resisting. Officers arrested the teenage girl and booked her for theft and eluding police. Police booked Aguilar into the Benton County Jail for theft and obstructing. 

Around 6:30 that night, officers say 28-year-old Mikhail Barbarosh of Pasco started fighting with employees at Macy's when he tried to shoplift items from the store. Police say Barbarosh tried to run, but a witness tackled him in the parking lot. When officers arrived, police say he was fighting with the man who tackled him, and then fought with the officer who arrested him. 

Police also arrested 19-year-old Melinda Carter of Kennewick, as an accomplice. Officers say she got out of a car and started yelling at police, and refused to back away when they told her to. 

Police say when an officer took hold of her wrist and said she was under arrest, Carter tried to slap the officer in the face, and called him a "cheap whore".Police booked Barbarosh for robbery. Carter faces charges for obstructing and resisting arrest. 

No officers got hurt in either incident, but police say the security guard at Macy's suffered a minor injury.