Woman faces charges after incident at Walmart lot

Two women struggled for purse until victim is knocked to ground.
MCT Regional News
Jan 15, 2014

A 31-year-old homeless woman is facing robbery and assault charges after a shopper at the South Point Walmart parking lot was allegedly attacked.

According to Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless, an Ironton woman had just left the Walmart and was getting into her car when another woman allegedly ran up to her, struck her and grabbed her purse.

The two women struggled for the purse until the victim was knocked to the ground, according to Lawless.

The victim began to yell for help and the suspect started to run across the parking lot.

Other shoppers saw the alleged struggle, chased Kelli Childers of Huntington, W.Va., and held her until deputies arrived.

“The quick actions of bystanders assisted in the capture of this suspect,” Lawless said. “Thankfully, there are concerned people who rushed to the aid of another, who was is in trouble.”

Childers, 31, will be arraigned in Lawrence County Municipal Court on Friday on second -degree felony robbery and first-degree misdemeanor assault charges.

The victim did not need medical attention.

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By Benita Heath - The Ironton Tribune, Ohio (MCT)

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Comments

lugnut2511

Local news?

Shannon2

Didn't some homeless lady rob somebody at Norwalk Wal-Mart? Must be a trend.

justbec

I don't care if this happened in Timbuktu, it's a reminder to keep an eye on your surroundings.

DOWNinUPTOWN

Well she wont be homeless anymore.

Gone2work

Bravo to the bystanders for helping. Our country would be a much better place if we had more of these great people!