Sumter County FL April 18 2017 A 28-year-old Silver Springs man is facing a felony charge of aggravated assault after allegedly attempting to stab a Bealls employee.
Keith Allen Rhodes entered Bealls shortly after 1 p.m. Friday and attempted to shoplift two pairs of men’s Nike shoes from the store on U.S. Hwy. 441 in Lady Lake.
When Rhodes was confronted by the store’s loss prevention officer, Rhodes ran away knocking an elderly woman to the ground before the loss prevention officer was finally able to catch him. During the struggle, Rhodes attempted to stab the loss prevention officer with two different knives, but the loss prevention officer was able to disarm Rhodes during the struggle.
Sumter County sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene and took Rhodes into custody.
He is also facing charges of larceny and battery.
He was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center on $7,000 bond.