Walmart Employee Stabs Coworker After Milk Spill Wasn’t Cleaned Up
Police arrested a 23-year-old man in Northampton, Massachusetts after he allegedly stabbed a coworker over a milk spill.
23-year-old Omar Rios-Robles is a maintenance employee at Walmart. Officers say he became upset with the victim, a coworker, after the victim left a milk spill and didn't clean it up.
Police said an argument stemmed from the milk situation, and Robles told officers the victim came outside and punched him in the face.
Witnesses to the encounter say that's when Robles responded by stabbing the victim.
The victim was taken to the hospital, and Robles was taken to police custody.
“On allegations alleged here today on February 17th, 2022 the city of Northampton by the Northampton Police Department assault and battery of a dangerous weapon. Sir, are you asking the court to appoint an attorney to represent you?" said court officials.
According to the court documents, Robles and the victim work together on overnight shifts at the store. The store manager told officers that while employees use issued box-cutters, the knives are equipped with a safety blade that 'could not injure someone.'
A friend of mine who worked at Walmart years ago used something similar to this design, which has no exposed blade. I'm not saying this is what they use now, but this is what they used then:
Police searched Robles and his vehicle didn't find any weapons. One officer stated that security footage showed Robles driving away from the store and then returning 10 minutes later - enough time to ditch the weapon.
Robles was released on bond but is expected to show up in court next month. In the meantime, he's to stay 50 yards from the victim, and 20 yards if they are working a shift together.
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