Racine police say a 30-year-old woman is facing felony charges after she repeatedly punched a Boston Store employee to avoid arrest for shoplifting.

Sherika Brown, of Racine, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of robbery with use of force. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison and/or up to $50,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called Thursday to Boston Store at Regency Mall for a report of shoplifting. When officers arrived, store security told them they’d seen a woman – later identified as Brown – going through the store and concealing things in her purse. After Brown passed the last point of purchase without paying for the items, security confronted her.

Police say when the store employee asked Brown to come back to the security office she refused so security grabbed her arm to try and prevent Brown from leaving. In response, Brown punched the employee twice in the chest with a closed fist and was able to run out the door and head east toward the Target parking lot.

While she was running, Brown kicked off her shoes and dropped her cell phone, the complaint reads, while store security gave chase with the assistance of another employee. The workers caught up with Brown in the Target parking lot and grabbed her purse. Brown again punched the store employee twice in the chest, leaving her purse behind.

Officers say Brown got into a white, four-door sedan with other women inside it and drove away. Inside her purse police found Brown’s ID, credit card and make-up. A caller later that day reported that Brown was at the Riverside Inn, which is where police found her and took her into custody.

Boston Store employees said Brown attempted to steal four pairs of body shapers and two women’s dresses for a total of $381.51.

Brown remains in the Racine County Jail on a $3,000 cash bond and a state Department of Corrections hold for absconding. Brown was required to provide a sample of her DNA because of the felony charge she faces, and she will next be in court July 29 for her preliminary hearing.