August 10, 2012 by The ReadyWriter
A career shoplifter will probably win a substantial settlement from Wal-Mart after one of their employees ran the teen over with his car.
Houston, Texas police arrested Lance Ferguson, 33, on July 10 and charged him with aggravated felony assault after he admitted he had a confrontation with Dominique Mason, 18, whom he suspected of shoplifting “a few” CDs and games from Wal-Mart.
Mason claims he intended to steal the CDs and games but he had a “change of heart” and returned the merchandise he stole. Mason said Ferguson confronted him inside Wal-Mart, shouting, “Why are you stealing out of my store?”
Mason said he left the store and was walking through an adjacent parking lot when he heard a car approach him from behind.
Ferguson, who was still wearing his Wal-Mart vest and hat, struck Mason, sending him tumbling over the front hood of the car and onto the ground.
Ferguson allegedly shouted, “Don’t come back to my store. You want to steal from my store?”
Mason was treated for minor back injuries at a local hospital and released. Wal-Mart terminated Ferguson’s employment following his arrest.
Mason’s mother, Nicola Sherfield, told KPRC News: “Stealing is a crime, yes. But for an individual who’s not a police officer, or a part of Walmart’s loss prevention, he had no right to do what he did… to follow my child and try to run him down like he was some animal or something.”