Police arrested two Louisiana men who “terrorized” a black woman at Walmart, damaging her car and using the N-word.
The police had posted to Facebook security camera screenshots of the suspects laughing in the aisle of a Walmart Supercenter in West Monroe on Nov. 29. On Tuesday, Reynolds and Walters had been identified.
Documents obtained by local TV station KNOE state the two men stalked and “terrorized” an unnamed black shopper as she was exiting Walmart “for no apparent reason.”
“While the victim was leaving the store and attempting to load her purchased items in her vehicle, she was confronted by two white males. While in the parking lot the victim was yelled at and called n*****,” read the warrant. “The female rushed the items in her vehicle and tried to escape the two white males while they were yelling racial slurs at her. As the victim fled the scene in her vehicle, one of the two white males chased after her on foot while pushing an empty shopping cart.”
One of the men “violently” rear-ended the victim’s car with the shopping cart, causing more than $1,000 in damages and endangering her as she tried to leave. Afterward, Reynolds and Walters sped away in a gray Dodge Ram pickup truck.
According to arrest warrants sent to Yahoo Lifestyle from the West Monroe Police Department, the men were charged with felony hate crimes and are being held in Ouachita Correctional Center on individual $20,000 bonds. KNOE reports that such charges can result in $5,000 fines and up to five years in prison.
Walmart tells Yahoo Lifestyle in a statement: “What this customer experienced is troubling and does not reflect the values of our company. We do not tolerate or condone discrimination of any kind. As soon as we were made aware of the incident, we worked with the West Monroe Police department to provide surveillance footage. We’ll continue to work with the West Monroe Police Department and will refer additional questions to them.”
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