A male shoplifting suspect took off running through the Boscov's department store at Park City Center Friday afternoon after cutting a loss-prevention officer on the hand, Lancaster city police said.
His female accomplice bolted as well, city police Officer Marc Shaffer said.
Police have charged Noel H. Israel-Negron, 35, of the 600 block of Columbia Avenue, with retail theft, robbery, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and criminal conspiracy.
Kriste L. McManus, 40, of the 600 block of Market Street, Marietta, was charged with retail theft, robbery and criminal conspiracy.
Both were captured shortly after the crime, which occurred at about 1:45 p.m.
The loss-prevention officer was taken to the hospital.
Boscov's loss-prevention officers initially detained the couple on suspicion of theft, Shaffer said.
Their investigation uncovered evidence that the two had stolen merchandise from other stores at the mall, he said.
As the loss-prevention officers were writing up the suspects, Israel-Negron pulled a knife from his jacket, Shaffer said.
Israel-Negron threatened a male loss-prevention officer, cut him on the hand and fled, he said. McManus fled also, Shaffer said.
Shaffer, who had arrived to make the retail theft arrest, pursued and caught McManus.
Nine other city police officers arrived and deployed throughout the mall where they found and arrested Israel-Negron.
A store employee who witnessed the pursuit described Israel-Negron, calling him short and wiry.
"He was fast," she said, describing him "hopping all over everything" and bouncing off display cases, leaving traces of blood.
"It was just so crazy," she said.
About an hour after the incident, all traces of the incident were gone, and shoppers were browsing normally.
Boscov's security personnel declined to comment.
Park City Center spokeswoman Jillian Fikkert referred all comments to Lancaster city police.