A store employee found himself at knifepoint after confronting two suspected shoplifters Monday, according to court testimony.
Joseph and Ricky Floyd, 52 and 57, were arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly shoplifting several packages of meat from the Hamilton Road Save-A-Lot Food Store.
Both men — brothers — pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and shoplifting. in Columbus Recorder's Court Wednesday.
According to police testimony, the Floyds were seen slipping packages of meat into a backpack. The total value of their theft was $59.60, according to a Columbus police report.
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One employee noticed the suspicious activity, got another employee and notified her manager. When they tried to detain the Floyds, the men dropped the meat with a cashier and ran toward 47th Street, according to testimony.
One of the employees pursued the men, at which point Ricky drew a knife and threatened him. Ricky told the employee to step off the property so he could "cut him, m-----f-----," according to testimony.
Police soon arrived and the Floyds were brought back to the scene. A search of the men uncovered two knives on Ricky and several more packages of meat.
"I can't believe you pulled a knife out," Joseph said to his brother on the scene, according to testimony.
Both employees testified in court Tuesday. The Floyds did not make a statement.
Judge Michael Cielinski set a $10,000 bond for Ricky's shoplifting charge and did not set a bond for his aggravated assault charge. Ricky has a prior conviction for burglary, according to court testimony.
Cielinski set a $10,000 bond for Joseph's shoplifting charge and dismissed his aggravated assault charge.