This employee said the department store encourages confrontation with suspected shoplifters, but only arms its security team with handcuffs, and training videos on how to use two types of positions that could subdue a possible thief.

On Monday, Durham Police charged NaToyia Barbee with assault with a deadly weapon.

On Sunday, authorities said a Macy's asset protection employee spotted Barbee and another woman shoplifting. After confronting the women, police say the employee was stabbed.

Barbee is still on the run.

"That's always in the back of my mind that, that can happen to me," the employee said.

ABC11 asked the employee why continue to work at Macy's if they feel like their life is in danger?

"They instill in you is that you can grow within their company. You can be that next supervisor. You can be that manager," The employee responded.

Macy's said safety is the top priority and added: "We do not share details about our security procedures as these are proprietary and designed to protect our people and assets."