Katonah man arrested for felony assault, theft at Palisades Mall

Justin Headley
Justin Headley
WEST NYACK – A Katonah man was arrested at around 9 p.m. on Friday after he engaged in a scuffle with retail workers at the Palisades Mall and reportedly injured one in the process.

Justin Headley, 28, was spotted bagging clothing at H&M and leaving without paying for the merchandise. When confronted by two store employees who attempted to stop him, Headley allegedly became embroiled in a physical struggle. During the fight, one of the store employees reportedly broke his finger.

In spite of the injury, Headley was held until Clarkstown Police could respond. He was subsequently arrested and slapped with charges of felony robbery in the second degree, felony assault in the second degree, and misdemeanors with included petty larceny, possession of burglary tools and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.

Headley was remanded to the custody of the Rockland County Jail on $50,000 bail. He is expected back in court on March 11.

Headley’s arrest is the second instance of a serious incident during what turned out to be a busy week end for Clarkstown Police at the mall. On Thursday afternoon, Monika Taylor, 42, of Haskell, New Jersey, jumped to her death from the fourth floor by AMC Theaters. Clarkstown Police have stated that a preliminary investigation has led them to believe the death was a suicide.