Two Pine Bluff women were arrested Thursday after they reportedly jumped into a vehicle at The Pines mall to escape a store employee who was trying to take them into custody for allegedly shoplifting.

Two Pine Bluff women were arrested Thursday after they reportedly jumped into a vehicle at The Pines mall to escape a store employee who was trying to take them into custody for allegedly shoplifting.

Trakeisha Johnson, 27, and Turiya Byers, 37, could both be charged with felony robbery following the incident which occurred at about 4:40 p.m.

During a court hearing Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said a police officer on the parking lot of the mall saw one of the women jump into the passenger seat of a white Dodge Neon while she was being chased by a man who was later identified as the manager of the Shoe Department, a store inside the mall.

Detective Michael Roberts reported that the manager said one of the women had taken a pair of sandals and left without paying for them.

Kizer said the vehicle the two women were in backed up at high speed, causing the manager to fall to the ground where he received a severe bruise to the right leg, his shirt was torn, and his watch was broken.

Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Johnson, who Kizer said had no prior convictions or pending charges, and a $25,000 cash only bond for Byers, who Kizer said had “multiple failures to appear in court.”

The judge appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Byers, and Johnson said she would hire her own attorney.

Both women were told to come back to court Aug. 17.