D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Candice Tingle has worked at Kohl's for nine and a half months as a loss prevention associate. In that time, she's seen a lot.
"I've been threatened quite a few times. I've been called everything under the sun. But the majority of the time they either stop right there and they give up or or they run," said Candice Tingle.
Tingle said January 15th was a normal day on the job. She spotted some customers shoplifting, so she left her office to approach them like she always does.
"I saw the females starting to shoplift things. I immediately, you know, notified Harrison County dispatch that I needed dispatch, that I had females starting to shoplift the items," said Tingle.
She said she followed them to the door, and ordered them to follow her back to her office with two other associates.
"We made it almost to the office, and they decided they were not going to go in. They were not going to stop without a fight," said Tingle.
What Tingle didn't know is the next few minutes would lead to one of the most terrifying experiences of her life. Just as she was about to get the women into the office, she said two of the suspects began to attack her.
"I had actually blocked my face with my hand, received a deep cut to my finger," said Tingle.
In the midst of the altercation, Tingle realized there was a weapon involved in the attack. She had been cut on her face and hand.
"Bits and pieces of it are a blur still, there was a point I was knocked unconscious for a moment. So, there still is a few missing pieces there," said Tingle.
All three suspects got away, and Tingle was taken to the hospital, where her husband, Patrick, met her.
"I never thought it would come to something like this. Like I said before, it's a terrifying sight to walk in the hospital and see your loved one laying in the hospital bed, beaten," Patrick Tingle recalled.
After the attack, Patrick Tingle took to Facebook to express his concern over the incident.
"People who shop there have sent us many, many messages. I'm overwhelmed with the amount of support just the citizens banned together like they did was great. I mean, they've got the story out everywhere," said Tingle.
Now, they're just holding out hope that the suspects will be caught.
If you have any information regarding this incident you are asked to call the D'Iberville Police Department at 228-396-4252 or Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898.