Ardmore police arrest woman in store after trespassing, pulling knife

Published: Oct. 29, 2019 at 7:26 PM CDT
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Ardmore police have arrested a woman after she pulled out a knife in a store early Tuesday morning.

Officers responded to a woman trespassing at the Ardmore Wal-Mart but police say the situation escalated after they found the woman in the store.

Ardmore police said they responded around 12:30 Tuesday morning.

Virginia Williamson had been forbidden from Wal-Mart and refused to leave after being asked by employees and the responding officer.

She later pulled a large kitchen knife out of her coat.

Robin Berry was at the store about to leave and caught the situation on video.

"She was trying throw it at anybody that she could hit," Berry said.

Capt. Keith Ingle with Ardmore police said officers tried several times to use a taser to get Williamson in custody but her clothes blocked the taser contacts.

"That's the one thing about a taser in the winter time. If they're wearing bulky clothes and they don't make contact, then they're going to be ineffective," Ingle said.

Ardmore police were able to talk Williamson down and get her handcuffed without anyone getting hurt.

"No matter what time of day it is, you're going to have people stop what they're doing and see what's going on," Ingle said. "I think the officers used good judgment and took care of the situation."

"I mean, you always see stuff on TV about how people are roughhoused by police but, no, Ardmore PD did an outstanding job," Berry said.

Williamson faces one felony charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

She could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

Court records show Williamson is due back in court on Dec. 12.

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