Woman charged with robbery in Macy's incident

Officials say Vanessa M. Drake hit a security officer after stealing items from Macy's this week.

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WALLA WALLA -- A woman who allegedly stole items from Macy's store and struck a security officer in the face earlier this week is facing a robbery charge in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Vanessa M. Drake, 29, of 901 W. Poplar St., was charged Wednesday with second-degree robbery.

Police said Drake was seen taking clothing and jewelry items from the store at 54 E. Main St. without paying for them about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. When the store's security officer, Ashley Rakestraw, confronted Drake outside, Drake hit Rakestraw in the face with her hand, threw the clothing items at Rakestraw and fled, according to a police report filed in court.

Drake was apprehended a short time later near Fifth Avenue and Main Street and booked into the County Jail, officials said. She was released the following day pending her arraignment Aug. 9 and further court proceedings.

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