Report: Walmart shoplifter pulls knife on loss prevention officers

Willie Wright. (Source: CCDC)
Willie Wright. (Source: CCDC)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police say a 56-year-old man was arrested Monday night after pulling a knife on two  Walmart loss prevention officers while trying to steal a blu-ray player.

Police say the incident took place at Walmart in West Ashley just after 6 p.m.

According to an incident report, Willie Wright Jr. of Charleston snagged a $355 blu-ray disc player and attempted to leave the store without paying.

When a loss prevention officer asked to see Wright's receipt, the suspect led officers on a foot chase around the store, the report states.

Police say Wright later fell to the ground, pulled out a knife, and told the officers, "Get back. I will cut you," as he swung at them. One of the loss prevention officers was cut on the hand.

After running out of the store and into nearby woods, officers say Wright was captured  as he later made his way out of the woods.

Wright was charged with property crime enhancement and two counts of assault and battery second degree.

Police say he was previously convicted of third degree property crime enhancement in January and August of 2009.

He was book at the Charleston County Detention Center.