Boardman police: Suspected shoplifter had 3-year-old with him

Staff report


Police said a man suspected of shoplifting and assaulting a store employee had a 3-year-old with him during the incident.

According to a police report, township police were dispatched to Kohl’s on Boardman-Canfield Road about 7:30 p.m. Monday for a suspected shoplifter.

A store employee told police Aaron Julien, 41, of Brookfield Avenue, selected a Christmas ornament that cost $9.99, concealed it in his pocket, then left the store without paying.

When a loss-prevention employee confronted him, Julien began running away, pushing a stroller with him, the employee said.

According to the report, Julien then “charged” at the employee and attempted to punch him in the face.

Julien was arrested on charges of robbery and endangering children. Police released the child to the child’s mother.

Julien appeared in Mahoning County Area Court here for arraignment Tuesday, where he pleaded not guilty to the endangering-children charge. No plea was accepted for the robbery charge.

Judge Joseph M. Houser set Julien’s bond at $1,500, cash or surety, for the endangering-children charge and $15,000, cash or surety, for the robbery charge.

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