My question involves criminal law for the state of: New York
I was in bloomingdales and I took several pairs of jeans up the escalator which I know I'm allowed to do. I took them to a fitting room and I admit I did steal one of those jeans because I noticed it didn't have a security tag on it they probably forgot to put it on. I also took away the price tags and have tore them in tiny bits and disposed them good. So I put the jeans in my bag and left the other jeans in the fitting room. When I walked out of the store I didn't ring and suddenly a couple of store detectives came out ordering me to go back to the store because they said I got jeans in my bag. I laughed at them and said they got no right to stop me unless they seen me conceal the merchandise because I know that fitting rooms don't have cameras. But one of them grabbed me by my throat and tried attempted to drag me back to the store and I yelled out to stop touching me and he got scared and let me go. I took my cell phone and said I'll call the police but in my mind I was thinking if the police does come they'll side with them and I ran away. They chased me but I'm a very fast runner so they didn't catch me.
As far as I know they had no right to stop me even if they think I stole something in the fitting room. The room had a wooden door nobody could see inside and I took like 5 pairs inside they could never know if I stole one. I guess they just wanted me to confess but I told me like three times I have nothing and insisted they let me go but wouldn't do it. If I had not run could I have sued the store? They also grabbed me by my throat which I mentioned earlier which is assault. If I hadn't run away and did call the police they would've found jeans on me but there is still no way they could've done anything since I would never admit I stole them but they would've gotten suspicious because there's no way that store detective would've known what's in my bag unless he got x-ray vision. Although I believe I made a good decision running away because law enforcement usually side with people working for the law. Although store detectives aren't law enforcement I bet they still be favored.