Man allegedly hit customer in line at Walmart while drunk


Walter Raheem Thomas

Walter Raheem Thomas



Dispatch Staff Report



A Columbus man is behind bars for allegedly arguing with a Walmart cashier and striking a fellow customer over the weekend. 


Walter Raheem Thomas, 25, of 58 Swartz Dr., has been charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon by a felon, according to a press release the Columbus Police Department issued Tuesday evening. 


Thomas was in a check-out line at Walmart at about 2 a.m. Saturday when he began a disturbance with the cashier, the press release said. When other customers in line asked him not to treat the cashier that way, Thomas allegedly struck another customer in line. 


No one was seriously injured in the altercation, and police believe Thomas was intoxicated at the time of the incident. 


Police were called to the scene where they arrested Thomas. Authorities said surveillance footage of the incident shows Thomas possessed a weapon at the time of the altercation. 


In addition to the two felony charges, Thomas faces several misdemeanors, including public drunkenness and failure to obey an officer. 


Thomas has a previous drug conviction from 2017 in Lowndes County. 


Thomas is in custody at Lowndes County Adult Detention Center. He was denied bond.




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