Serial Target shoplifter accused of threatening man with hammer

Darren Conway/ Shelby County Jail System

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A serial Target shoplifter is now behind bars after allegedly pulling a hammer on an employee who tried to stop him from leaving the store.

A police report indicated the incident happened at the store at 601 Colonial Road early Monday morning.

The suspect, Darren Conway of Southaven, had reportedly passed the point of sale with $900 worth of electronics.

When a man tried to stop him, Conway allegedly pulled out a hammer that was concealed in his waistband and stated “back off or you’re gonna get some.”

Target said that at no point was its employee actually struck with a hammer, though Conway was charged with assault.

Responding officers spotted the suspect’s vehicle — a red Chevrolet pickup — heading westbound on Southern Avenue towards Perkins and detained both individuals inside.

Conway reportedly confessed to stealing from Target on eight separate occasions as well as the assault.

He was charged with a felony count of aggravated assault and theft of property.

Police did not identify the second person in the vehicle.