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Video shows woman attack Walmart clerk with scissors

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Newly released surveillance video shows a bizarre and violent outburst at a Walmart check-out stand in Mount Vernon last Friday.

Police say Nancy K. Reed allegedly said something about the mafia kidnapping her grandchild, and she didn’t like the vibe coming from the register.

Then, violence erupted. The video shows the woman pulling scissors from her cart and jabbing a clerk in the arm. Seconds later, she lunges at a second employee with the scissors — a tussle that ends up on the ground.

At some point, Reed goes for the hair, police said.

“The staff person got her hair pulled and a fist-full of hair came out,” said Shannon Haigh with Mount Vernon police.

A brave customer stepped in to take the scissors out of the woman’s hand, and no one was seriously hurt. And while everybody was waiting for police to arrive, the woman starts dancing around and lifting up her dress.

One shopper said she admired that someone had the courage to get in there and help the clerks.

“Your first reaction is just kind of stand there and stare, like, ‘is it really happening?’ ” Tia Johnson said. “I’m sure, so at least somebody had the nerve to step forward instead of stepping back.”

And police credited how Walmart staff handled themselves in a strange and dangerous situation.

“They were looking out for their customers and each other, and keeping their eye on a person they’d been watching and that they knew that the behavior that was a little bizarre,” Haigh said.

Investigators say will likely order a mental health evaluation for Reed when she appears in court on Thursday.


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Cops: Man upset over 22c Pepsi tax pulls submachine gun


Nahshon Shelton didn’t want to pay the 22-cent tax on his $1.79 two-liter of Pepsi on Saturday afternoon, Chicago police said.

So he allegedly pulled a blue-steel Intratec .22-caliber submachine gun out of his Gucci satchel inside the convenience store in the 4000 block of West Madison Street where they tried to make him pay it  and he threatened to kill everyone there, a prosecutor said.

This “is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt!” he would later allegedly tell the cops, the Sun-Times is reporting. “Man, you know what, I’ll keep it real. I had to put them in their place.”

Shelton, 36, of the 4200 block of West Carroll, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and having an invalid FOID card.

Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Shelton held without bail Sunday for the incident that allegedly took place around 1:45 p.m.

Assistant State’s Attorney Claire Savaglio said police saw Shelton yelling at the victims when they answered a report of a man with a gun there.

“I’m going to shoot you in the head three times,” Shelton allegedly told one person.

“I’m going to smoke your ass,” he allegedly told another.

Savaglio said the whole thing was caught on video surveillance. She said Shelton’s gun had eight live rounds in one magazine, five live rounds in another and one in the chamber.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2014.