Shoplifting attempt leads to arrest of Batavia man
A Batavia man, Randall E. Mairet, age 38, has been arrested on several charges in Iowa City.
According to an Iowa City police media release, at 8:10 p.m. Saturday, officers received a call of an “uncooperative male shoplifter” at Paul’s Discount in Iowa City.
While officers were responding, they received more information: the dispute over the shoplifting incident had intensified, and the shoplifter, armed with a knife and a gun, had pointed his gun at employees.
The alleged shoplifter then fled the store on foot to the south, according to the release, crossing Highway 1, where he was observed by officers and taken into custody at the Fin & Feather parking lot. Officers later recovered a gun and a knife, according to the release.
Police identified the man as Mairet.
Mairet was charged with going armed with intent, a Class D felony; first-degree (armed) robbery, a Class B felony; dominion over a firearm as a domestic abuser, a Class D felony; carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor; and aggravated theft, an aggravated misdemeanor.
Iowa City police criminal complaints state the argument started with store employees after Mairet allegedly attempted to take a pair of gloves valued at $25. After he was discovered, Mairet fought with employees, pushing an employee into the merchandise before fleeing, according to the complaints.
Mairet was found with ammo in his pocket matching a gun police found in between Paul’s and Fin & Feather, according to the complaints. Mairet does not have a permit to carry a weapon.
Mairet denied all charges, according to police complaints.
Mairet was booked into the Johnson County Jail Saturday night, according to jail records.