A Franklin County man faces felony charges after he allegedly rammed a Walmart employee with a shopping cart during a theft attempt, then presented officers with homemade identification.
Robert Luttrell, 44, was indicted Tuesday on multiple charges after his arrest June 9 outside Walmart, where Frankfort police responded to a shoplifting complaint. Luttrell, of Frankfort, remains in custody at the Franklin County Regional Jail on a $10,000 cash bond, court records state.
Luttrell is charged with second-degree robbery, a Class C felony; two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class D felony; and third-degree terroristic threatening, a Class A misdemeanor. The charges are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Carrie Holton, the incident started with Luttrell attempting to purchase an item at the self-checkout lane. However, he’d allegedly placed a different bar code on the item in order to deceive the scanner.
“Loss prevention goes over to him and tells him they realize what he is doing, and he pushes the cart into the employee and tries to flee,” Holton said. “When he used that physical force to accomplish the theft, that’s when it became a robbery.”
Walmart staff called police and officers detained Luttrell in the parking lot. He identified himself as “Robert Luttrell” and gave police a fake ID, allegedly admitting to fabricating it because he couldn’t afford a real one, Holton said.
As he was being taken to jail, Luttrell became belligerent and tried to break out the police cruiser window with his head while threatening at least one officer, officials reported.
“He was telling officers ‘you’ll get yours’ and that he was going to beat their (expletive),” Holton said.