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Accused shoplifters leave TJ Maxx, hit bicyclist

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The pair were on camera leaving the downtown Salem TJ Maxx around 8:40 p.m.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two women are wanted after allegedly shoplifting and then hitting a bicyclist in Salem on Saturday night.

The suspects were caught on surveillance leaving the TJ Maxx in downtown Salem around 8:40 p.m. on July 27. Salem police said they left in a car and hit the cyclist, causing serious injuries.

A bicyclist was hit by a car near the TJ Maxx in Salem on July 27, 2019. (KOIN)

The suspects are described as a light-skinned black woman with dark hair, about 6-feet tall with a medium build and deep voice and a white woman, about 5-foot-1 and heavier build and blond hair.

The victim, 61-year-old Montana Carver, is currently in critical condition.

‘Heard a woman screaming’

Shopper Joanna Thomas came out of Rite Aid and didn’t see the bicyclist get hit but knew something wasn’t right.

“I heard a woman screaming and she was kind of screaming and looking around,” Thomas told KOIN 6 News. “There was a crowd of people in front of the TJ Maxx just staring at her because they didn’t know what to do.”

Thomas said when she got to her car she turned around to see what was going on. “I saw lots of people coming around, calling the cops. I went inside, I told them that someone was on the ground and that someone needed to call 911.”

A 61-year-old bicyclist was seriously hurt in a hit-run in the parking lot of a Salem TJ Maxx, July 27, 2019 (KOIN)

She said she saw the man unconscious on the ground “and all of his things were scattered all over the parking lot area.”

The entire incident happened quickly and it left her shaking.

“I was still in shock, just like everybody else. I saw a few people that were shaking and crying because they saw maybe more than I did.”

Anyone who recognizes the suspects should contact the Salem Police Department at 503.588.8477.

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