A woman is behind bars for assaulting and spitting on a customer at Macy’s last Sunday in the Lehigh Valley Mall. The North Carolina woman then threatened to kill everyone in the store, according to Lehigh Valley Live.
The woman identified as Karen Holmes, of Greenville, North Carolina, was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment. The 47-year-old woman was sent to Lehigh County Jail, and bond was set for $7,500.
Police were called when Holmes was heard saying she was going to kill everyone in the store. When Whitehall Township police were called a little before 3 p.m., they were told about the woman and what she had done. When police arrived, they found Holmes in Macy’s parking lot. She didn’t deny what she had done. Neither did she give a reason for her action.
An unidentified man told police he was in the store when he saw the woman pacing up and down the aisles and screaming. The man admitted that when Holmes started walking in his direction and was screaming, he told her to “shut the hell up.”
The man said Holmes pushed him against a counter, spit on him, and grabbed him by the neck. The woman must have been strong because it took two bystanders to pull Holmes off the man. The man wasn’t harmed except for the spit from the woman. Even so, that’s not what a customer expects while shopping.
A store employee told police that Holmes repeatedly screamed the same thing over and over that was heard by many other customers.
“I’ll kill everyone in this store.”
It was not determined why Holmes was walking up and down the aisles at Macy’s and screaming, or why she said she would kill everyone in the store. Police are investigating the woman’s motives.
Wikipedia describes the Lehigh Valley Mall as an enclosed super-regional shopping mall located in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It is the largest shopping mall in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.
Macy’s is just one of many stores in the Lehigh Valley Mall. Other stores include Apple, Coach, Sephora, and Barnes & Noble.
Macy’s is advertised as the largest U.S. department store by retail sales, and is the 16th largest retailer in the United States in terms of revenue.
When Holmes is released from jail, she probably will be banned from Macy’s at Lehigh Valley Mall.
What would you do if someone did to you what Holmes did to the customer at Macy’s?
[Image via Lehigh Valley Live]