Wig Theft Suspect Bit Store Owner, Cops: Police

Police said the woman attacked the store owner and his 70-year-old dad.

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    Lowpel Davis is accused of attacking police, a shop owner and a 70-year-old man after stealing a wig.

    A woman accused of stealing a wig from a beauty shop in New Haven is also accused of biting the store owner as well as the police officers who arrested her.

    Police said Lowpel Davis, 38, of New Haven, stole a wig from the Sassy Beauty Supply shop at 800 Chapel Street on Tuesday afternoon.

    The shop owner told police he saw Davis come into his store with a juvenile girl and then noticed that a wig was missing from a mannequin.

    He went through surveillance system and saw Davis take the wig and hide it, as well as several other items, in her bag, so he told staff to keep Davis from leaving the shop, police said.

    It didn't work and Davis fled with the girl, according to police.

    The store owner and his 70-year-old father pursued her, police said, and Davis fought back.

    Police said she punched both men in the face and the bit the store owner’s bicep, taking a chunk of flesh from his arm and then spit it in his face, police said.

    When police responded around 3:30 p.m. Davis was “crazed,” in front of the Giaimo Federal Building at 150 Court St., struggled with four federal protective service officers and kicked and swore at New Haven police, police said.

    When officers handcuffed Davis, she tried to kick out the window of a police car and was eventually transferred to a windowless prisoner transportation van.

    Officers were taken to area hospitals to be evaluated for bites and other injuries sustained during the struggle.

    The store owner was taken by ambulance to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he received treatment for his bite wound and facial injury.

    Davis was charged with sixth-degree larceny, breach of peace in the second degree, criminal mischief in the first degree, assault in the second degree and two counts of assault on police officers.

    She appeared in court on Wednesday. Her bond was set at $150,000 and the case was continued to July 11. Here is also a pending case against her because of a failure to appear charge.