A woman who allegedly stole items from a Walmart in Palm Springs, then assaulted store security guards and tried to run them over with her car, was charged Thursday with robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats.

Rachel Sample, 38, of Cathedral City, allegedly swung her purse at the guards and threatened to kill them about 4 p.m. Monday, then jumped in her car and tried to run down the security officers as they attempted to detain her outside the Walmart at 5601 E. Ramon Road, according to Palm Springs police Sgt. William Hutchinson.

Police used the license plate number to track down Sample at her home, where she was arrested Monday evening.

Sample was previously convicted for assault with a deadly weapon for a 2013 incident in Riverside, where she assaulted a woman identified only as Jane Doe in court documents. Prosecutors said she also used a car in that incident, as well as a vodka bottle. She received probation after pleading guilty in that case, court records show.

Sample, who pleaded not guilty to all counts Thursday afternoon, will return to court Aug. 14 for a felony settlement conference.

–City News Service

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