Paradice Russell, 20, is four months pregnant. While she was seeking a job at a Wal-Mart store in Saginaw, Michigan, on Sept. 14 she claims she was attacked in the store while onlookers did nothing (video below).
Russell arrived for a job interview but was rescheduled to return the next day when she claims another woman in the store attacked her.
"I saw her there, but she had her baby, and she never said anything to me, and I never said anything to her," Russell told MLive. "As I was walking out of the store, she was walking back in. I was on my phone leaving the store. She just walked in front of me, and she attacked me, and she is bigger than me. She got me by my hair and got me on the ground and start dragging and punching me.”
Russell said she only wanted to protect her unborn baby, but employees wouldn’t help her. "I was trying to get her off me," Russell said. "So I was kicking. It was a customer who broke it up.”
Russell believes she was attacked over a grudge related to an incident earlier this year.
Aaron Mullins, senior manager of Wal-Mart media relations, said that police were called to the scene. "If an incident happens like this in a store, that immediately becomes a police matter, and the police are called to handle that," Mullins said. The altercation was caught on surveillance cameras, and Mullins said
Russell, who was taken to the hospital, filed a police report alleging assault and battery. A suspect has not been named.
Lanita Russell, Paradice's mother, wants police to pursue the case and doesn’t understand why employees didn’t help. "If they were stealing out of the store, security would have been everywhere," she said.
Saginaw Township reported that the local police department has paired with that particular Wal-Mart branch to create the “Walmart Safety & Awareness Center.” Police officers were not in the store at the time of the alleged brawl.