Rochester Hills, MI – Police say that they have identified a suspect in the attack on a Meijer grocery store clerk after the employee told the suspect she had too many items for self-checkout.
After trying to identify the suspect for the past three weeks, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) say they now know who the suspect is, according to C&G News.
The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. on Aug. 1 in the Meijer store located on Marketplace Circle in Rochester Hills, according to WDIV.
Deputies said a 55-year-old cashier told a customer that she had too many items to use the self-checkout lane in the store.
The woman argued that she was checking out two separate orders because some of the items in her cart belonged to her daughter, WDIV reported.
Oakland County sheriff’s deputies said the cashier went on break while the customer was finishing up her transaction, but then the angry woman followed her to the restroom.
The cashier said she was in a stall when she heard a commotion and opened the door to see what was happening, WDIV reported.
The shopper chose that moment to kick in the stall door, causing it to slam into the cashier’s head, according to deputies.
Authorities said the victim hid in the restroom for a few moments and then left when she thought her attacker was gone, WDIV reported.
But when she returned to her station at the store, she found the angry customer was there waiting for her.
Officials said the suspect grabbed the cashier by the hair and threw her to the ground, tearing out a significant chunk of the older woman’s hair, WDIV reported.
Deputies said the woman punched the cashier repeatedly and then left the store with two companions.
Witnesses said there was hair on the ground after the attack, WDIV reported.
Officials said the suspect fled the scene in a late-model, green Chevrolet Traverse.
Detectives initially asked for help from the public to identity the suspect whose image was captured on Meijer security cameras, WDIV reported.
Crime Stoppers was offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the woman’s arrest.
It’s not clear if the reward was claimed. Authorities declined to identify the suspect publicly.
“The case has been presented to prosecutors,” OCSO told C&G News. “We are waiting for a decision on whether the suspect will be charged or not.”