Man charged with assault at mall
Westland — A Dearborn Heights man was charged Saturday in connection with an assault at Macy’s last month after he was accused of shoplifting jeans and socks, according to police.
Xavier Parkes, 23, was charged with felony unarmed robbery, felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor assault and battery, and misdemeanor second-degree retail fraud in the alleged attack on two employees Dec. 19 at Macy’s in Westland Mall.
Parkes was arrested Friday and arraigned Saturday before Magistrate Lawrence Chasting, who set bond at $10,000, 10 percent. An exam date is scheduled for Feb. 5.
Parkes allegedly punched and choked two female loss prevention officers at Macy’s who attempted to place him in handcuffs while he was detained on suspicion of shoplifting, police said. He knocked both employees to the floor and stomped on one woman’s chest, according to police.
One employee attempted to use a cellphone to call for help, but Parkes allegedly took the phone and escaped custody.
The employees sustained injuries including a concussion, sprained wrist, swollen knee and bruises, according to police. Police on Monday had no update on the conditions of the women.
Parkes was identified with help from an anonymous tip through the department’s Facebook page, in response to photos and videos released to the media, police said. The alleged victims then positively identified the man through photos, police said.
Parkes initially fled when confronted by officers Friday at his home, police said. He was arrested after a short foot chase.