Third charged in ‘Black Friday’ stomp
A third person has been charged with stomping on other customers at the "Black Friday" brawl at Wal-Mart that left five people injured.
Robyn McGilton, 49, of 9295 Main St., Annsville, was released on $100 cash bail in City Court Friday on one count of second-degree harassment. Her case was adjourned to Feb. 17. McGilton was picked up on an arrest warrant Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Keri J. Bingham, 32, of 408 Liberty Gardens, was released on her own recognizance by City Court Judge Daniel C. Wilson Thursday on a charge of second-degree harassment. Her case was adjourned to Feb. 17. Bingham was picked up on an arrest warrant on Wednesday.
Authorities said McGilton and Bingham were two of several unruly after-Thanksgiving shoppers at the Black Friday electronics sale at Wal-Mart, which opened shortly after midnight on Nov. 25 at the store on Rome-Taberg Road. Authorities said special electronics displays were roped off from the rest of the store, and large crowds gathered around those displays waiting for the employees to drop the ropes.
When a display of cell phones was opened, authorities said the shoppers rushed to grabbed the phones, pushing and shoving each other until several fights broke out and some people were trampled. One victim, a 20-year-old woman, told investigators, "A matter of seconds after they opened everything, my mother got trampled and I was trying to help her get up. Everyone was on top of her."
The victim said she and her mother were trying to leave when McGilton came up and grabbed her hair, dragging the victim to the ground. Deputies said McGilton and Bingham then stomped on the 20-year-old woman while she was on the ground. At least five people were injured, authorities said. Two women were hospitalized. One shopper, Robert C. Perry, 20, of 509 W. Dominick St., was taken into custody at the scene on a charge of disorderly conduct. Perry later pleaded guilty in City Court, and was sentenced to 15 hours of the offender work program.
Also in City Court:
¿ Diane V. Manuele, 21, of 418 Ann St., was ordered to pay a $200 fine and $200 surcharge on one count of making a false written statement.
Police said on Dec. 23, Manuele lied to officers about injuries to her daughter’s feet. In her statement, Manuele claimed that she saw her boyfriend pinching her daughter’s feet, when in fact she saw no such thing.
¿ Joshua D. Holliday, 22, of 204 W. Garden St., was sentenced to three days in jail, with credit for time served, was ordered to pay a $100 fine and $120 surcharge on one count of disorderly conduct. A charge of resisting arrest was dismissed.
Police said at 11:25 p.m. Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, Holliday was acting aggressively towards a group of people outside Lupia’s bar on East Dominick Street, and then fought with officers when they attempted to take him into custody.
¿ Dustin A. Underwood, 21, of 310 Canal St., was sentenced to 10 days in jail and ordered to pay a $200 surcharge on one count of second-degree contempt.
Police said on Jan. 14, Underwood sent numerous text messages to his brother, despite being court-ordered to leave his brother alone.
¿ Francine Mazur-Hyman, 39, of 8103 Herder Road, Vienna, pleaded guilty to petty larceny, reduced from fourth-degree grand larceny. Her case was adjourned for sentencing to Feb. 24.
Authorities said between October 2009 and April 2010, Mazur-Hyman received $2,556 in food stamps from the county Department of Social Service despite also receiving workers compensation benefits.