2011-11-25 / Top Stories

CVS Employee Assaulted Confronting Shoplifter

By Samantha Dell


The CVS Store in the Dayton Shopping Center. The CVS Store in the Dayton Shopping Center. A female worker at the CVS store in Rockaway Beach was assaulted by a shoplifter last Friday, police and court sources say.

According to those sources, on Friday November 18, at 10:45 a.m. a female worker at CVS, who asked not to be identified because she fears retribution from the perpetrator’s friends, was assaulted by a would-be shoplifter inside the CVS store located in the Dayton Shopping Center.

According to the police sources, Dakem Spruil, 17, was walking around the CVS store with a friend, Diante Lewis, when he was seen shoplifting by the female worker.

The store employee confronted the two teens and they fled, pushing the worker to the floor as they tried to exit the store.

Although both boys were arrested by police, District Attorney Richard Brown said, “… [The] friend was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, with a kid he shouldn’t have been friends with.”

Meanwhile, sources say, Spruil reportedly has a rap sheet involving marijuana possession, shoplifting and assault. The incident at CVS on Friday was the fourth time Spruil has been caught shoplifting.

The female worker has worked in CVS for 12 years.

“My wife is scared to go to work, she has had to begin receiving counseling due to the verbal abuse, and now physical abuse she endures at work,” the employee’s husband said.

He also states that CVS needs to invest in more security personnel, both in the morning and at night. “Only three young ladies work in the morning, and they have no protection,” the victim’s husband said. “I want this to be brought to people’s attention as well as CVS’ so proper safety can be given to their workers.”

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