- A San Antonio teen was identified by Texas Police as the alleged “Lufkin Licker” – a woman who was filmed reportedly licking a tub of ice cream at a Lufkin Walmart and putting it back in the freezer. The video then went viral.
- Tampering of consumer product is a second-degree felony, which carries a penalty of two to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. However, the police department said they “do not intend to pursue charges against her as an ‘adult’ and therefore what happens from here is at the discretion of the juvenile justice system.”
- “We cannot speak for them as to what charge she will face in the juvenile justice system,” the police department said.
- Lufkin Police found the suspect by narrowing the search down from four to six women with similar usernames and appearances, one of whom even tried to take credit for the crime on Instagram.
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Texas police on Friday identified a San Antonio juvenile as the woman who went viral for allegedly licking a tub of ice cream at a Walmart in Lufkin and putting it back in the freezer.
The video was shared on social media on June 29, and it features a woman dubbed by the internet as the “Lufkin Licker.”
Per anonymity laws for juvenile offenders, Lufkin Police did not release the name of the suspect, according to a statement posted to Facebook.
Police did reveal that the suspect was associated with the Lufkin area through her boyfriend’s family. Both individuals admitted to the act, according to the statement.
Since the suspect is a minor, the case was transferred to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, a spokesperson with the Lufkin Police Department told CBS News.
According to Texas penal codes, tampering with a consumer product carries a second-degree felony charge, with a penalty of two to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. After determining the suspect was a juvenile, WABC-TV reported that she is not expected to face adult charges, and prosecutors could reduce the charge.
“We do not intend to pursue charges against her as an ‘adult’ and therefore what happens from here is at the discretion of the juvenile justice system,” the police department wrote on Facebook. “We cannot speak for them as to what charge she will face in the juvenile justice system.”
“Food tampering is not a joke, and we will not tolerate tampering with our products,” Blue Bell wrote in a statement to CBS News
“Based on security footage, the location and the inspection of the carton, we believe we may have recovered the half gallon that was tampered with. Out of an abundance of caution, we have also removed all Tin Roof half gallons from that location,” the company added in the statement.
Lufkin Police wrote in the statement that part of the difficulty in identifying the suspect was that a “catfish” with a similar username as the suspect began posting on Instagram taking credit for the crime. Police confirmed that the person behind the “catfish” username was not the suspect.
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Police said in the statement that the current suspect was found after narrowing down the search from four to six women with similar screen names and appearances.
It is still to be determined if the boyfriend of the suspect, who is an adult, will face charges for the crime as well, Lufkin Police wrote.
What kinda psychopathic behavior is this?! pic.twitter.com/T8AIdGpmuS
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