UNION CITY -- A transient suspected of shoplifting reportedly bit a Wal-Mart loss prevention officer and is now facing felony charges including battery and possession of a controlled substance, police said.
Roxanne Melonzon, 24, was set to appear in court Thursday at the Fremont Hall of Justice for a hearing on the charges that stem from a May 2 attack, court records show.
Union City police officers responded about 11:30 p.m. to the business at 30600 Dyer St. to assist store security officers who reported a combative customer they'd caught stealing from the store, Cmdr. Ben Horner said.
Police learned that after two security officers detained the woman she reportedly began fighting with them while escorted to the store's security office.
"Melonzon went so far as to bite one of the security members on the chest during the struggle," according to Horner's report. Officers said Melonzon calmed down when police arrived at the store.
A glass smoking pipe and about four grams of methamphetamine was later found inside Melonzon's bra, Horner said.
"She was arrested on multiple felony charges and transported to a local jail as a result of her need to steal items, carry drugs and bite people," Horner said.
As of Thursday morning she was being held at the Santa Rita Jail on $42,500 bail.
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