Walmart Security Officer Injured In Attack

A fight outside the entrance doors to the Walmart in New Bern Tuesday afternoon ended with a security officer attacked and a suspect behind bars.

New Bern police say security officer, 42 year-old Terry Counts of Vanceboro, was cut by a man trying to steal shoes from the store. Counts told officers he followed the suspect out of the store, and the man turned around and attacked him, cutting his arm repeatedly.

The suspect took off on foot and was caught moments later in the Woodland Crossing Apartment complex.

Police have charged 44 year-old Randolph Jones of New Bern with larceny and assault with a deadly weapon.

It was just last week that a greeter at the New Bern Walmart was assaulted by a man with two milk jugs when asked to show his receipt.

Counts was taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center and then airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital for treatment.


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  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Dec 28, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    If you are going to steal a pair of shoes, Wal-Mart is one of the last places you should do it at. Shoes are cheap there and security is top notch. Would not surprise me if the dumb thug is legally retarted.
  • by Sharon Location: Greenville on Dec 28, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    Wal-mart employees need customer service training. They need a class on how to talk to people and to always have a smile on their face. If you are always smiling you will have a more positive attitude.
  • by Baker Location: Williamston on Dec 27, 2009 at 03:38 AM
    It is truly amazing how willing you sheep are to show the citizen control officials at the door of the state store your papers. Be tended by the sheppards you mindless sheep. Baykha!!!
  • by chris morlock on Dec 26, 2009 at 09:26 PM
    Nathan, thank you anybody who considers the actions on the thief ok is is an idiot
  • by kbrite Location: OBX on Dec 25, 2009 at 06:56 AM
    I have the option to show my reciept. I do not have to show my reciept for MY stuff unless I want to. When asked I politely say no thanks and keep walking. With membership stores such as Sams, you agree to show your reciept when you join. Show your reciept or forfeit your membership.
  • by P on Dec 25, 2009 at 04:23 AM
    We's shoe gotz allotz of THUGshots theze dazes!
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 24, 2009 at 08:39 PM
    How do those of you commenting blaming the victims justify your point of view? Has crime become so commonplace that we put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the victims? Is that what it has become? We see a good person -- a security guard, a greeter -- try to stop something bad from happening (theft, in both cases) and we blame them? How exactly does that work? Walmart is no saintly organization, but they paid for those shoes, those gallons of milk, they deserve to be paid by customers. They also employ over two million Americans. They pay them too. How do they not deserve to get paid for what they sell? How are their people to blame for protecting their livelihood? Walmart loses money, where does it come from? Fewer employees they can hire. Less benefits. Fewer American products, more cheaper Chinese products. And these heroes, everyday men who stood up for the American way, deserve your respect, not scorn. Happy holidays, everyone. Be safe out there.
  • by LW Location: Greenville on Dec 24, 2009 at 05:28 PM
    To bad the guard did not have a gun.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Dec 24, 2009 at 08:43 AM
    He will get a new pair of prison shoes,come to think about it he will get clothes,free food ETC. now work hard folk's and pay your taxes he depends on it.
  • by @Greg on Dec 24, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    No weapons No training No reaction to offenders What is the benefit of a security guard? Hope to deter people by presence? What should average citizens do?
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