MEMPHIS, Tenn — A Memphis man faces charges in three separate cases, including being accused of stealing merchandise from the Southland Mall and firing shots into the business.
23-year-old Lashawn Hunter was arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 12. He faces charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, vandalism, and several counts of theft. He paid a bond of $65,000.
According to a police affidavit, Hunter was identified as the suspect in an attempted theft at Tip Top Liquor in the 1800 block of Madison Ave. The affidavit said he came into the store with two women about 3:50 p.m. on July 2, 2023. The affidavit said the employee recognized the two women as having previously stolen from the store. The affidavit said Hunter grabbed about $500 worth of liquor from a display rack, and without paying tried to go around the employee who was blocking the exit. The employee told police he tried to detain Hunter, who put the liquor down and took off from the scene.
Memphis Police said on July 4, 2023, at around 4:45 p.m., two men stole about $3000 worth of various merchandise from the Southland Mall. When they got to the parking lot, police said the men fired several shots into the business, which had customers and employees inside at the time, before driving away, according to police. According to the police affidavit, Hunter was identified as one of the suspects.
According to another police affidavit, Hunter was identified in a theft July 29, 2023, at Joe's Liquor in the 1600 block of Poplar Ave. The affidavit said Hunter took about $145 worth of liquor from a display rack, then took off out of the store without paying.
Police encourage anyone with additional information to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.