Shoplifter brutally attacks Macy's employee at Wheaton Mall in Md., police say

Babacar Thiam (Montgomery County Police)

A loss-prevention officer at a Macy's store at the Westfield Wheaton Mall was brutally assaulted by a shoplifter, and taken to the hospital.

Three loss-prevention officers at the store attempted to cuff Babacar Thiam, 25, and he allegedly put one in a choke hold and then tackled another to the ground, slamming the victim's head on the pavement.

Police say the employee was taken to the hospital bleeding and unconscious. Thiam was caught stealing $750 in jewelry, clothing and perfume, according to police.

Days later, Macy's employees at the Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland caught Thiam shoplifting again, but police caught him.

ABC7's Kevin Lewis has more on this story in the video above.

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