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St. Matthews Police seeking 3 suspects in Christmas Eve theft and assault

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - St. Matthews Police are asking for help identifying three shoplifting suspects who are accused of beating up the loss prevention officer who confronted them.

The JCPenney employee at Mall St. Matthews was left with a broken nose, cuts and bruises. Police say she was assaulted on Christmas Eve just before 1:00 p.m. 

"The female suspect that you have the pictures of shoved the loss prevention's officer's face into a concrete wall and then knocked her to the ground and then began hitting her about the head and the face," St. Matthews Police Detective Dennis McDonald said. 

Police say the white male suspect also assaulted the woman and the third suspect ran out of the store. It was all over about $400 in stolen clothing, according to police. All three got away. 

"This is a situation where these folks would have been facing a misdemeanor charge," McDonald said. "They probably, in all likelihood, would have been cited and released. Instead, they're facing some serious crimes - robbery in the first degree."

Police are asking for help identifying the suspects. Authorities believe all three of them are between 18 and 25 years old. 

The victim, who is 50 years old, was treated at the hospital and released. McDonald says she's been at the job for more than two decades.

"We've worked with this particular loss prevention officer for years," he said. "We all know her and to see her in that condition on that day was particularly alarming. We're upset about it and we want to catch these folks."

If you have any information about the three suspects, you're asked to call St. Matthews police at 502-893-9000 or Det. Barbara Shepard at 502-899-2538. 

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