A Caryville man is accused of punching a Walmart loss prevention officer in the throat and chest after he ran out the door of a Clinton store with a shopping cart loaded with merchandise, authorities said.
Allen Jason Hall, 30, of Caryville, allegedly loaded an empty shopping cart with $318 worth of battery merchandise at the Clinton Walmart on Wednesday, including a battery, two battery cores, and a battery charger, the store employee told Clinton Police Department Officer Lucian Godwin, according to affidavits filed in Anderson County General Sessions Court.
Hall allegedly attempted to claim the items and return them, but he had no receipt, the affidavits said. He ran out the door with the cart, the loss prevention officer told Godwin.
The Walmart officer said she ran after Hall and grabbed the cart in the parking lot, but Hall struck her in the throat and chest with his fist, knocking her down to the pavement, the affidavits said. The officer was injured and taken by ambulance to a hospital.
Hall has been charged with robbery, theft, and assault. He remained jailed in the Anderson County Detention Facility on Monday. His bond has been set at $100,000.