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Meridian PD: Shoplifter arrested for pulling knife on store employee

Meridian Police says officers were called out to the Kohl's at Ustick and Eagle Road for the aggravated assault call at about 11:50 a.m. (Ada Sheriff)

A shoplifter is accused of pulling a knife on a store employee at a Meridian area store.

Meridian Police says officers were called out to the Kohl's at Ustick and Eagle Road for the aggravated assault call at about 11:50 a.m. Police say the suspect took off in his vehicle and at some point injured himself while jumping into a dumpster.

He was later found on the 3500 block of Eagle Road in front of a restaurant.

Police have charged Aaron Mortiz, 26, on aggravated assault and burglary charges as well as Kimberly Hale, 39, of Meridian, who authorities say was the getaway driver. A third person, Ryan Morgan, 28 of Boise, was arrested for petty theft.

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