Report: Shoplifter punched Walmart employee, ditched $505 in stolen goods

Report: Shoplifter punched Walmart employee, ditched $505 in stolen goods

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police have arrested a man accused of punching a Walmart loss prevention employee in the face while attempting to leave the store with over $500 in stolen items Sunday afternoon.

Alfred Slaughter, 40, was arrested Wednesday and charged with strong armed robbery, assault and battery first degree, and property crime enhancement.

According to an incident report, a loss prevention specialist stopped Slaughter outside of the lawn and garden center at Walmart in West Ashley and asked to see his receipt.

The victim said Slaughter reached into his pocket as if he was grabbing his receipt, but then immediately punched him in the face with a closed fist. Slaughter then continued pushing his shopping cart, which contained four DVDs and motor oil totaling $505.

The report states the victim followed Slaughter to his car, where the two got into a verbal altercation. It was at that time that Slaughter allegedly put his keys in between his fingers and made an action like he was going to strike the victim, but did not hit him.

Slaughter then got into his vehicle and drove away without the stolen items, but not before the employee was able to get the suspect's license plate number.

Slaughter is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center.

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