Shopper assaulted in hair-pulling scuffle
A 32-year-old Detroit woman was arrested for assaulting a shopper over a disputed parking space at Wal-Mart, 5851 Mercury Drive, about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5.
According to police reports, the dispute began when the suspect and victim, a 51-year-old Dearborn woman, attempted to take the same parking spot. Witnesses said the victim was waiting for the spot with her turn signal on when the suspect pulled up in a car driven by her mother.
When the car that was leaving the disputed spot turned out, it blocked the suspect’s vehicle and allowed the victim to pull in. But the suspect jumped out of her car and stood in the spot, in an attempt to keep the victim from taking it.
The victim proceeded forward — causing the suspect to jump out of the way — at which point the suspect went to the victim’s window, stuck both hands inside the car and began assaulting her.
Police said the victim was holding a handful of her own hair and was visibly shaken when they arrived on the scene. Meanwhile, the suspect told police she assaulted the woman because the woman hit her with her car.
However, witness accounts and store surveillance videos showed the suspect’s account to be false and she was arrested.
Man on motorized wheelchair arrested for shoplifting
Police arrested a 50-year-old Detroit man for shoplifting after he was caught concealing merchandise at Wal-Mart, 5851 Mercury Drive, about 1 p.m. Feb. 9.
Store security officers saw the man ride a motorized wheelchair through the store, picking up various items along the way. They said he took the merchandise — including alcohol, deodorant and greeting cards — and placed them in a coat and black laptop computer bag he brought into the store.
When he attempted to exit he was detained by security until police arrived. A criminal record check indicated the man had three outstanding warrants from other theft-related arrests in Dearborn.
Police said that while in custody, the man feigned a suicide attempt by wrapping a white cloth around his neck and acting unconscious. When police roused him he admitted he was faking, but said he wouldn’t be next time, police said.
That caused the officers to remove his clothes and place him in an observation cell, where the man beat his head continuously against a metal grate, according to police. He then was taken to Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center for a psychological evaluation to determine if he was fit for incarceration.
Stolen guitars has man singing blues
A house in the 2500 block of Currier recently was burglarized twice in a week, with each burglary netting an electric guitar worth thousands.
The homeowner said both burglaries occurred while he was at work between 3:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The first burglary occurred Jan. 19, when the culprit made off with a $5,000 Les Paul Classic.
The second burglary occurred Jan. 25. Stolen this time was a $2,000 Gibson Standard, which was purchased as a replacement for the first stolen guitar. Police are unsure how the house was entered.
Lovers’ quarrel turns violent
Police are looking for a woman suspected of assaulting her former boyfriend about 8 a.m. Feb. 5 because he was allowing another ex-girlfriend to stay at his house in the 5600 block of Gertrude.
The other ex-girlfriend told police the woman entered the house through an unlocked bedroom window. When she got inside, she ran to the boyfriend’s room and assaulted him briefly before fleeing, she said. Police said they were unable to find any fingerprints on the window used to gain entry.