Whitehall police arrested a 20-year-old woman for robbery at 6:40 p.m. Aug. 21 at Premium Beverage, 4352 E. Broad St.
Police responded to the store, where employees reported the woman attempted to steal cigars, then assaulted an employee and ran into an adjacent store.
The store owner's husband told police the woman was caught stealing a box of cigars. When she was confronted, she punched the man in the face and ran away, reports said.
Two witnesses corroborated the victim's account of the incident, according to reports.
One described the woman's action as "wild" and that display stands were knocked down during the struggle; another said she interceded to prevent "any further harm" to the victim.
No video was obtained because the camera overseeing the area was inoperable, according to reports.
The suspect told police she frequently buys tobacco wrappings at the store, and after she questioned why the price had increased, the owner's husband began yelling at her. The woman told police he pushed her, grabbed her hair and threw her to the ground.
She told officers she assaulted him in self-defense and ran to another store, where she called police.
Based on the preponderance of evidence, police arrested the woman and transported her to the Franklin County jail.
In other recent Whitehall police reports:
* Burglaries were reported at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 16 in the 3700 block of East Broad Street; at 6:05 a.m. Aug. 17 in the 4600 block of East Main Street; at 5:50 p.m. Aug. 17 in the 500 block of Beechwood Road; at 8:20 p.m. Aug. 19 in the 4900 block of East Main Street; at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 20 in the 800 block of Heritage Drive East; and at 9:45 p.m. Aug. 21 in the 600 block of South Hamilton Road.
* Thefts were reported at 12:45 p.m. Aug. 15 in the 4200 block of East Broad Street; at 3:05 p.m. Aug. 16 in the 800 block of Heritage Drive West; at 12:10 p.m. Aug. 18 in the 400 block of Collingwood Avenue; at 4:05 p.m. Aug. 18 in the 800 block of Colgate Road; at 2:10 p.m. Aug. 20 in the 800 block of Westphal Avenue; and at 4:45 p.m. Aug. 22 in the 4800 block of Langley Avenue.
* Assaults were reported at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 18 in the 100 block of Parklawn Boulevard; and at 7:45 p.m. Aug. 21 in the 3700 block of East Broad Street.
* A vehicle was reported stolen at 10:15 p.m. Aug. 21 at East Main Street and South Hamilton Road.
* Property destruction was reported at 1:05 a.m. Aug. 16 in the 4400 block of Josephus Lane; at 7:25 p.m. Aug. 17 in the 3800 block of Elbern Avenue; at 2:20 a.m. Aug. 18 in the 100 block of Parklawn Boulevard; and at 1:35 p.m. Aug. 21 in the 4800 block of Etna Road.
* Police responded to a report of shots fired at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 20 in the 1000 block of Pierce Avenue.