As the New Year began in Monroe County, Michigan, the sheriff’s deputies were busy searching for a man they believe raped an Exeter Township women last November, and who attempted to rape a Wal-Mart employee just after Xmas. The 26 year old Wal Mart employee told police she was sitting on a bench right in front of the store, taking a work break around 8:30 pm when a man approached her, grabbed her, lifted her up, and began fondling her. The man tried to drag the worker into a field to the North of the store, but she hit him with a box cutter, and drew blood. The woman ran back to the store, and police followed a trail of blood to a nearby apartment building, but found no suspect.
Citizens opposed to Wal-Mart often complain about the high incidence of crime-related activity in and around superstores. If you scroll through these newsflash pages, you will find a number of incidents to sustain that concern, including the statements of local police departments that Wal-Mart is one of the major generators of police reports in local communities. Complaints of attempted rape, car theft, and abductions are reported in many communities. The object of these criminals are often Wal-Mart employees. As we have said repeatedly: malls attract more than shoppers.