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Witness injured during shoplifting attempt

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By Tris DeRoma

According to court documents, eyewitnesses say shoplifting suspect Jorge Talamantes, 42, of Española intentionally injured and then tried to run over a bystander at the Jemez House Thrift Shop in White Rock.
Talamantes was arrested Wednesday for the March 14 incident. He was later released on a $1,000 bond from Los Alamos Detention Center.
According to court documents, witnesses at the store reported to the owner that Talamantes was allegedly shoplifting. When the clerk confronted Talamantes and told him to empty his pockets, he complied, dumping approximately $50 in jewelry on the counter.
He then tried to leave, but was purposely blocked by a customer who was standing by the exit. Talamantes then allegedly grabbed the door handle and slammed the door into her, injuring her right shoulder and arm, according to court documents. He then tried to leave in his car, but was followed out to his car by the victim, who stood behind the rear of his vehicle demanded he not leave.
Then, according to eyewitnesses, Talamantes got in the driver’s seat, looked over his shoulder at the witness, and backed up.
Court documents say she was thrown onto the trunk of the car, then Talamantes sped off, heading east on N.M. 4. The victim landed on her feet but sustained bruises on each thigh.
According to the criminal complaint, Talamantes was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with great bodily harm and misdemeanor shoplifting ($250 or less).
The victim was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released.