Before robbing and attacking the Uber driver, a Peninsula woman stole from Kohl’s: PD

Shante Barden, an East Palo Alto resident, was taken into custody, charged, and booked by the Redwood City Police Department on Thursday. Barden had earlier assaulted and robbed an Uber driver and taken retail items from two Redwood City establishments.

The incident, according to the police, took place at about 12:09 p.m. Responding to complaints of a robbery and assault in Kohl’s parking lot at 250 Walnut Street in Redwood City, authorities dispatched personnel.

The victim—an Uber driver—told that after he had taken Barden to Kohl’s, she had threatened him with a knife and taken his phone. Police added that after obtaining his phone, she requested payment in order to give it back.

Prior to Barden severing the Uber driver’s arm, police stated there was a “brief struggle.” With the driver’s money, she then fled the scene on foot. Investigating cops discovered “excellent” video security footage of Barden robbing two adjacent shops before escaping the area completely, according to police, when she departed the parking lot.

A woman from San Mateo County Superior Court on 250 Walnut Street called the RCPD again while the investigation was still proceeding to report “a disturbance” that “needed the police.” Barden was identified and taken into custody by responding officers after that, according to the police.

Barden was charged with burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, and committing a crime while free on bond. He was taken into the Maguire Correctional Facility.

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