Ventura Police Department – Incident Press Release
On April 19th at 2:58 PM officers responded to the Vons to investigate a theft that had just occurred. The officers were told that (Suspect 1) Angela Brunson came into the store and began to stuff bottles of alcohol into her clothes. Loss prevention officers for the store observed Brunson stealing the alcohol and started to follow Brunson through the store. A short time later Brunson exited the store and loss prevention contacted her outside. During the contact, Brunson returned some of the items she took. However, she did not return all of the property and started to argue with the loss prevention officers.
While Brunson was arguing with the loss prevention officers, (Suspect 2) Charles Lee exited a vehicle in the parking lot and joined Brunson. Lee told the loss prevention officers that Brunson returned all the property and then started to assault the loss prevention officers. Brunson also started fighting with the loss prevention officers who immediately disengaged and let the two leave. Brunson and Lee got into the vehicle Lee had exited earlier and left the parking lot.
A short time later a motor officer was looking for the vehicle when he saw it in the area of Harbor and Peninsula. The officer made a traffic stop on the vehicle that was occupied by Brunson, Lee and a third subject who later determined not be involved in the crime.
Brunson was taken into custody and arrested for felony robbery. Lee was arrested for misdemeanor battery. Both were transported to Ventura County Jail and booked for their charges. No one was injured during the robbery at the store or the vehicle stop on Harbor.
Suspects: Angela Brunson 11-2-1979 and Charles Lee 01-18-1968