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The suspect used a pickup truck to run over the store security employee who was trailing him for suspicion of check fraud.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s detectives have returned from Las Vegas with Algernon West, who was wanted for the attempted murder of a Brandon Wal-Mart Employee.
Algernon West has been in the custody of the Clark County Jail in Las Vegas since December 18th, 2009 when Las Vegas Police arrested West for jaywalking. Once arrested, West provided a false name to the arresting officer, however he was fingerprinted which lead to his true identity and discovery of his warrants for attempted murder.
On December 4, 2009 the suspects (Eunessa Lawson and Algernon West) entered the Wal-Mart at 11110 Causeway Blvd. and attempted to purchase an $898.00 laptop using checks stolen from a burglary in Lakeland. When the suspects were asked for identification, they began to make a disturbance and loss prevention walked them to the front of the store to talk to them. When loss prevention again asked for their identification, Algernon West fled out the door with loss prevention officer, Kimberly Price pursuing him in an attempt to get a vehicle tag number. Suspect Eunessa Lawson struck loss prevention officer, James Powell who able to detain her inside the store. Price chased West through the parking lot where West entered a Black Chevrolet Avalanche pick up truck. West pulled out of his parking space, turned toward the victim (Price) and intentionally struck her. After she fell to the ground, West ran over her with both right side tires. The victim was transported to Tampa General Hospital.
Deputy Larry McKinnon