LUFKIN, Texas (KETK/KTAL) – The suspect in the “Blue Bell licking” case has been identified, according to police, and Nacogdoches detectives have spoken her.
Authorities say she is a juvenile from San Antonio with ties to the Lufkin area through her boyfriend’s family. Because she is a juvenile offender, her identity is protected.
The case will be turned over to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
“From what I understand, she is very contrite, very apologetic in immediately confessing,” said Gerald Williamson, City of Lufkin Director of Public Safety. “They tracked her through social media activity. I really can’t go into more detail because of the juvenile connection.”
As for the boyfriend in question, Lufkin police said, “As to whether her boyfriend will face charges, we are currently discussing his involvement with prosecutors. “
If any criminal responsibility is placed on the boyfriend, police said they will notify the public.
Authorities had been looking for the woman who licked a carton of Blue Bell Ice Cream and put it back in a Walmart display case after video of the act went viral.
Police and Blue Bell corporate officials were able to narrow it down to a store in Lufkin, Texas.
They released photos of the woman and her companion entering and leaving a Walmart store in Lufkin on June 28, the same day video of the incident was posted and went viral.
The girl could face a charge of tampering with a consumer product, which comes with a two to 20-year prison term and up to $10,000 in fines, Lufkin police said in a statement to NBC News.