Denison Police arrested three people for robbery after they allegedly assaulted Walmart employees when they were confronted for possible shoplifting Thursday afternoon.


Store personnel at the Denison Walmart told police that three women allegedly concealed merchandise while they were inside the store. When the women walked past the last point of sale without paying for the items, store personnel confronted them, according to the Denison Police report.


The store personnel asked the women, who police said appeared to be in their early 20s, to return inside the store, and one of the women allegedly pushed the two employees causing an assault. The suspects were then observed fleeing the scene in a white Dodge Durango shortly after 1 p.m.


Police responded and stopped the vehicle near U.S. Highway 75 and U.S. Highway 69 to the north of Denison. Police Lt. Mike Eppler said the employees were not injured, and the suspects did not use a weapon during the crime. A weapon was later found in the vehicle when the suspects were arrested. The theft became a robbery when the suspects allegedly used force in the act, he said.


“Anytime you use force — like if somebody is shoplifting and they push a clerk or make a threat or something like that in the commission of it — it automatically makes it a felony,” Eppler said.


Police arrested Ashley Marie Vega of Colbert, Oklahoma, for robbery and unlawfully carrying a weapon, and her bond was set at $30,000 for the first charge and $3,000 for the second. Cierra Marie Vega of Colbert, Oklahoma, was arrested for robbery and outstanding Grayson County warrants, and bond was set at $30,000. Kayla Christine Salinas of Sherman was arrested for robbery and an outstanding Grayson County warrant, and her bond was set as $30,000.


Eppler noted that the women were apprehended without incident after the traffic stop.