CONYERS -- A Walmart employee was assaulted by a shoplifter who said he was "going to do what he had to do" before striking the employee in the face and fleeing with merchandise.
The suspect, described as a black male, over 6 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds, fled from the store through the garden center with a shopping cart full of merchandise.
The Conyers Police Department was called to Walmart on Dogwood Drive at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday where a 58-year-old male employee working in the garden center said the suspect approached him and asked how long he would be working. The victim said he would be working eight hours.
As the victim continued to work, the suspect reportedly said he would do what he had to do and the employee was not going to stop him. The victim said he got his cell phone to call management, and the suspect punched him in the left side of his face, knocking him to the ground.
The suspect took the victim's cell phone, grabbed a shopping cart full of items from inside the store and pushed it out the garden center entrance.
No one else was working in the area, and the victim told police he wasn't sure how long he was on the floor before he was able to get up and notify management.
Surveillance video showed the suspect pushing the cart to a dark-colored passenger car, unloading the merchandise and driving away.
The victim had visible redness on the left side of his face, according to the police report, but did not require medical attention.