Galesburg woman accused of punching officer in face when being arrested for shoplifting

Talbot Fisher
Special to The Register-Mail

GALESBURG — A Galesburg woman was arrested on multiple charges after allegedly punching a police officer in the face while being arrested for shoplifting Saturday afternoon. 

Officers were called to Walmart, 659 Knox Square Drive, at 3:58 p.m. for a report of retail theft. Store employees told police that the suspect, a 55-year-old Galesburg woman, had filled her cart with a total of $889.22 in items and simply tried to leave the store without stopping to pay for anything.  

A search of two bags in her possession located two drug pipes containing suspected methamphetamine residue. 

While being arrested, she allegedly punched an officer in the face. 

She was transported to the Knox County jail for class 2 felony aggravated battery to a peace officer, class 3 felony retail theft over $300, misdemeanor charges of resisting a peace officer and possession of drug paraphernalia, and a Mercer County failure to appear warrant for a 2021 DUI/drugs case.