20-year-old Justin Mofield was charged with theft of merchandise, disorderly conduct, three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, and possession of LSD, Xanax, and paraphernalia when he attempted to rob Walmart with a flare gun.
On August 28th, Field Training Officer Brent Eicholtz was dispatched to Walmart at 615 South Cumberland in Lebanon in response to a shoplifter waving a gun around at employees. Officer Eicholtz spoke with associates Cody Hamilton, Stormy Jones, and Amanda Simms who all stated that they witnessed a man, later identified as Justin Mofield, taking tags off of a pair of shoes valued at $79.88.
When employees approached Justin and told him they were closing he responded with “where I’m from people get shot over things like that”. Justin kept the shoes on and approached the exit. When Justin realized the doors were locked, he began to panic and walked back toward the money center where the employees were.
Amanda Simms stated that he had a gun, later identified as an Orion Flare Gun with no serial number, and was waving it around putting all 3 employees in fear for their safety. Upon search incident to arrest, a strip of LSD, one empty hypodermic needle, and 24 1/2 green bars later identified as Xanax were found. Also found on Justin’s person were 2 canisters of OC spray, 1 opened and 1 unopened.
Justin Mofield was arrested and charged with theft of merchandise, disorderly conduct, three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, and possession of LSD, Xanax, and paraphernalia. His bond was set at $49,000.