Woman did not go quietly in alleged robbery

Suspect tried to bite, scratch, spit on security guards

The Maui News

Bail was set at $11,500 for a woman charged with robbery after she allegedly scratched, spit on and tried to bite security officers who had stopped her for shoplifting from a Kahului store last week.

Alicia Sinenci, 29, who gave no local address, was charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree criminal trespassing and two counts of fourth-degree theft.

She was arrested the afternoon of July 24 after Macy’s loss-prevention employees saw Sinenci placing T-shirts in a black backpack she was carrying at 12:37 p.m., according to a declaration filed in court to support charges against her.

After she left the Macy’s men’s store without paying, Sinenci was heading to the bus stop before going up the escalator to avoid security officers, according to the declaration. When a security officer made contact with Sinenci, she refused to return to the store and tried to pull away, threatening the officer and spitting at him as he grabbed her wrist, the declaration says.

A second security officer was trying to hold Sinenci against a wall when she grabbed and began digging her fingernails into the security officer’s arm, according to the declaration. The officers took Sinenci to the ground, where she tried to bite the first officer’s arms several times and continued spitting on him, the declaration says.

Nine T-shirts, valued at $199, were found in Sinenci’s black Victoria’s Secret backpack, which was found to have been stolen, police said.

Sinenci is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 8 in 2nd Circuit Court.