OXFORD –– An 18-year-old man was arrested Sunday, Nov. 5, after an alleged shoplifting attempt at a local Walmart turned into an armed pursuit involving multiple law enforcement agencies.
Roman Heck of Southbridge is accused of brandishing a knife at store staff when confronted over the shoplifting incident at the Walmart on Main Street.
Heck then fled the scene in a vehicle, leading officers from the Oxford Police Department on a high-speed chase into Auburn.
The pursuit ended when Heck abandoned his vehicle and attempted to escape on foot into a wooded area.
Officers from Auburn, Charlton, and the Massachusetts State Police joined in the search, resulting in Heck’s surrender and arrest without further confrontation.
Heck was charged with shoplifting by asportation, assault with a deadly weapon (knife), failure to stop for police, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
He was arraigned earlier this morning at Dudley District Court.
This arrest follows a similar incident last week where Oxford Police pursued another shoplifting suspect from the same Walmart.
The department’s K9 unit successfully located the individual who was attempting to hide in dense foliage.
The Oxford Police Department expressed gratitude for the support and cooperation of neighboring law enforcement agencies in ensuring community safety.