A 26-year-old woman from Batavia, N.Y. has been accused of punching a 70-year-old Walmart employee in the face. Police have charged the suspect with two counts of second-degree assault.
According to the Democrat and Chronicle, the woman allegedly punched the Walmart employee in the face after she was asked to present a receipt for the items she was carrying in her store bags.
The incident is reported to have occurred around 11:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve at a Batavia Walmart store.
State Police Trooper Tracy Patterson said the suspect, Jacquetta Simmons, of Batavia, has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault. Reportedly the second count is because the victim was older than 65 years of age.
Grace Suozzi, the victim, is reported to have asked to see receipts as Simmons was leaving the store, but instead of providing receipts, she allegedly punched Suozzi and knocked her to the ground, and then she purportedly ran out of the store where she was surrounded by store employees and customers until police arrived.
WGRZ reported police arrested the woman in connection with the assault on Suozzi after reviewing store surveillance video. Police say that the suspect had receipts for all of the items in her shopping bags.
Several media outlets report that Suozzi's glasses were broken and she received several facial fractures and "significant swelling" on the left side of her face. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
After her arraignment on Christmas Day in Batavia Town Court, the suspect was sent to Genesee County Jail, reported the Buffalo News. Simmons was held in lieu of $20,000 bail and is due back in court on Jan. 23. WIVB News 4 reported Simmons was released this evening on $40,000 bond.