An arraignment has been scheduled for the woman accused of shoplifting from a store at Tanger Factory Outlet in August and knocking over a Delaware County sheriff’s deputy with her vehicle.
Alana Marie Hissong, 28, of Blacklick, Ohio, was indicted by a Delaware County Grand Jury last week and charged with robbery, a second-degree felony; failure to comply with an order or signal of police officer, a third-degree felony; and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor.
An arraignment in Delaware County Common Pleas Court has been scheduled for Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. in Judge David Gormley’s courtroom.
At a press conference the day after the shooting, Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin reported that just before 8 p.m. on Aug. 8, the sheriff’s office was contacted by an employee at OshKosh at Tanger Outlet, who reported a woman, later identified as Hissong, had just left without paying for items.
Martin said Deputy Josh Clarke, a member of the sheriff’s office’s new bicycle unit, located Hissong and ordered her to stop, but she ignored him. Martin said Hissong put her vehicle in drive, knocking Clarke off his bike.
Martin reported that at that time Deputy Alex Richison was also responding to the incident on foot. Martin said Hissong began driving her vehicle towards Clarke and Richison and said that Richison believed he was in danger and discharged his firearm at the vehicle.
Richison’s shots did not hit Hissong, Martin stated, but did deflate the vehicle’s tires. Hissong crashed her truck two miles away at the intersection of Berkshire Road and North 3B&K. She was taken to a hospital to be treated for her injuries and later transported to the Delaware County Jail.
Hissong was charged with robbery and failure to comply by the sheriff’s office and was also charged with OVI, failure to yield, driving under suspension, and driving without a seat-belt by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash.
Prosecutors reported a search of Hissong’s vehicle revealed clothing items with security devices attached, a large bag used to conceal merchandise, and another bag containing pipes and pills.
Martin said Clarke suffered minor injuries and said Richison was not injured in the incident.
“The attorney general’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handling the officer-involved shooting,” Martin said at the press conference. “As is our practice, it’s a standard procedure to have a third-party investigate an officer-involved shooting. … We will fully comply with BCI during the investigation. It’s our standard practice that this deputy [Richison] has been placed, temporarily, on administrative leave and that will be evaluated day-to-day.”
The sheriff’s office reported in August that Richison has returned to active duty and said Monday that the BCI investigation is still ongoing.
Hissong remains in custody at the Delaware County Jail.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.