Sunday, July 11, 2021

Elderly woman attacked by Walmart employee speaks out

From CBS 58:58

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The elderly woman who police say was repeatedly punched by a 17-year-old Walmart employee on Wednesday, July 7, is speaking out about the incident, saying this situation could have been avoided.

"It has been quite a journey and why anyone would do that? I don't know. And why no one helped is even more, especially in a Walmart store," said P.K. Shader, the victim. 

The Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to the store on Oakes Road and Durand Avenue around 7:06 p.m. for reports of a 70-year-old woman who was punched multiple times in the head by a cashier.

Police say Shader, a resident of Racine County, sustained injuries to the head and face but did not require immediate medical attention. Shader still has bruising in her face and says this kind of behavior from employees is unacceptable.

Both the employee and Shader indicated that the incident arose over a verbal argument. According to the criminal complaint, Shader asked to speak to a manager after having negative interaction with the employee, Jazareia Velasquez.

"The manager was right there watching the interaction. She (Velasquez) left and I looked at the manager and I said do you let her talk to all your customers like that? I didn’t get a reply. As I was leaving I thought I really want to know what her name is because I want to send it to corporate," said Shader.

Shader said she didn't see her name tag and attempted to take a picture of Velazquez to report her.

"She went crazy she flew and she punched me fist right here (in the face) over and over again," said Shader.

Velasquez of Racine, was arrested and later charged with aggravated battery to an elderly person and disorderly conduct. 

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