A homeless woman tried to infect a Dallas Wal-Mart employee with HIV after the employee confronted her because he suspected she was shoplifting, police in Texas said.
KDFW News reports the incident occurred Tuesday night. Police said 25-year-old Diamond Lawrence was trying to steal about $11 worth of frozen food when an unidentified employee confronted her.
She reportedly told the employee she had HIV and bragged, saying, “I can infect whomever I please.”
She then attacked the worker, scratching his neck and face. A police report of the incident indicates the arresting officer believed that was a deliberate attempt to infect the employee with the virus that causes AIDS.
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Officers told KXAS News that Lawrence was wearing a medical wristband that identified her as having the virus.
Lawrence sarcastically told the employee “you’re welcome” numerous times after the attack, according to an article from The Dallas Morning News.
Police said that Lawrence bragged about having the virus, not only to the employee, but to the arresting officer as well.
Police said that bragging, coupled with her taunting, caused the officer to believe she was intentionally trying to infect the associate by drawing blood and exposing him to the virus.
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The employee was reportedly treated by Dallas-Fire Rescue crews for scratches to the side of his face. Police said it was unlikely that bodily fluids were exchanged in the attack and the employee is not believed to have contracted the virus.
Lawrence was booked into the Dallas County jail on a charge of attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Wal-Mart does not typically prosecute shoplifters, accused of stealing small amounts of product, so she will not face shoplifting charges. Wal-Mart management asked that she never return to that particular store.
Police said Lawrence had outstanding warrants for an invalid driver’s license and public intoxication.
It was last reported that she was still in custody, being held on $1,500 bond.
Photo Source: The Dallas Morning News