Patricia Wilson, a 75- year old Walmart greeter, broke her hip as a result of questioning a shoplifter. She works at the Walmart on Veterans Parkway in Clarksville, Indiana.
She saw a man leaving the store with a cart full of large-item merchandise, most likely computer products, and when she went to confront him, she got injured.
She noticed the items hidden in the cart under a large bundle of toilet paper and asked him to see his receipt.
At that point, he turned the cart towards her without answering, and made as if he was about to run her over.
Wilson grabbed the cart, so that she would not get knocked down, and that is when she had her tragic fall. She landed directly on hip and could not move.
The search for the robber is underway, but the charge for his actions has been bumped up from shop lifting and is now strong arm robbery, due to the excessive force used.
“He has a cart full, I mean, large merchandise underneath some bathroom tissue,” Wilson said. “So, I went over to him and asked for his receipt.” Right now, Wilson is recovering from hip replacement surgery. By phone, she explained what happened next. “He didn’t say a word … he just automatically turned the cart towards me, and I thought he was going to knock me over, so, my instinct was to grab hold,” she said. Wilson said the suspect pulled away, and she took a painful fall. “I landed on my hip. I couldn’t move, I felt like I was paralyzed,” Wilson said. “This happened around 4 in the morning,” said Detective Ray Hall, with Clarksville Police.
Hall is trying to identify the shoplifter, and said the suspect is facing more than just a shoplifting charge. “Since he forcibly took the product from a Walmart employee, he will be charged with strong arm robbery,” Hall said.