Man charged in Bazetta Walmart attack

BAZETTA — A man accused of attacking an employee and another woman at Walmart was arraigned Wednesday on felony charges.

The employee, 37, reportedly suffered a broken neck and lacerated liver and is in St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Omar Williams, 27, of Warren, was arraigned before Central District Judge Thomas Campbell on charges of felonious assault, motor vehicle theft, domestic violence and disrupting public services. Campbell set bond at $300,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Williams at 9 a.m. next Wednesday. He also ordered Williams, if he makes bond, to stay away from the two alleged victims.

If found guilty, Williams could face as much as 11 1/2 years in prison.

Bazetta police were called to the superstore on Millenium Boulevard about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday to find paramedics treating the bleeding employee who was lying in a main aisle of the store.

A 31-year-old woman, identified as Williamsá girlfriend, told police she went to Walmart with him to use an ATM. They had been fighting and the man began assaulting her, striking her face and choking her before going into the store, police were told.

While the man was using the ATM inside, the report states, the woman asked a store worker to call police. As the worker was taking her to the back of the store, the man pushed the worker to the ground where she lost consciousness after hitting a steel rack. The woman also was shoved to the ground and her jacket ripped off, the report states.

The attacker left the store in his girlfriendás silver Pontiac and was later arrested at a house on Miller Street in Warren Township.

The report stated Williams was on parole for an aggravated robbery conviction. Court records show Williams was given a four-year sentence in 2014 after pleading guilty to a 2013 break-in in Warren.

Police later learned the Walmart employee suffered a broken neck in three places and a lacerated liver that needed surgery, according to the report.


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