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Police release new photo of Walmart battery suspect

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Posted at 8:38 AM, Dec 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 12:01:34-05

Police have released a surveillance photo of a woman they believe was an accomplice in an aggravated battery that took place Monday at a Meridian Walmart.

About 11:20 a.m. Monday, Meridian Police officers responded to the store at 4051 E. Fairview, where a man had loaded a shopping cart with over a thousand dollars’ worth of items -- ranging from women’s underwear to auto parts -- then left the store without paying.  

“Before a store employee could confront the suspect at his car, the male pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at the victim, saying ‘Get back or I am going to shoot you!’  There was also a female waiting inside the vehicle for the male suspect,” said Meridian Police Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea.

The male suspect is believed to be in his twenties, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing between and 160 to 180 pounds, police said. He was wearing a unique bear hat with pink lining, a bright yellow jacket, ripped jeans and white shoes. 

The female was described as white, late teens, with blond hair and a ponytail.

Witnesses said the vehicle was a light blue four-door compact sedan with a ski rack on top and Ada County (“1-A”)plates.

If you have any information about the crime or you recognize either suspect, you are urged to contact the Meridian Police Department at 208-888-6678.