Walmart run-in ends in aggravated assault charge

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Following a run-in in a North Austin Walmart parking lot, Jasmin Blaylock, 22, is charged with the second-degree felony of aggravated assault. She and her friend are accused of nearly running over two women as they headed out of the store with their groceries, and police say the attack was all caught on a cellphone.

The woman who was attacked told police that on Feb. 21 at 8:51 p.m. she was leaving Walmart with her friend and walking through the crosswalk when a gray Ford Mustang nearly hit them. She and her friend both yelled, “Watch where you’re going.” She told police that’s when the situation went awry.

The Mustang allegedly pulled into a handicap parking space, and Blaylock allegedly jumped out of the car, approaching the woman. More words were exchanged, and Blaylock hit the woman with her forearm in the neck and chest area, according to police reports. The force knocked the woman’s groceries out of her hands, and she told police that she began recording the incident with her cellphone. By now, another woman had reportedly joined the fight — allegedly helping Blaylock in the attack, kicking the woman’s items strewn on the ground.

The woman told police Blaylock then put her arm around her neck in a choke hold and pulled her to the ground. The woman’s friend tried to help by pulling Blaylock off of her, according to police. The woman says Blaylock’s friend told her to give up her phone because she had recorded their faces, and that’s when Blaylock allegedly came up from behind her and choked her again as Blaylock’s friend tried to take her phone.

Telling police that she felt as if she had blacked out from being choked, the woman says her friend tried to pull Blaylock and the other woman off of her. Eventually, a man finally intervened by pulling them off of her, reports say. The woman called 911 and pointed out the Mustang to police when they got there. Police say they waited for the suspects to return to the Mustang, spoke to them about the incident — which they allegedly initially denied but later admitted to — and released them at the scene.

Meanwhile, the woman was taken to University of Medical Center Brackenridge, and police took pictures of the scratches and bruises on her neck.

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