Walmart parking lot brawl breaks out in Antioch over grand theft

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ANTIOCH (KRON) — A man was arrested after allegedly stealing over $1,000 worth of food from Wal-Mart and assaulting a security guard last week in Antioch, according to Antioch City Manager Steve Duran.

Just after 2:30 p.m., a parking enforcement officer in the Wal-Mart parking lot saw a security guard and two others engaged in a physical fight.

Two of the people appeared to be bleeding from the head, and the officer thought he saw the security guard being forced into a vehicle, Duran said.

Police officers arrived and approached Henry Harris, 60, Michael Whigham, 61 and the 72-year-old security guard.

A Wal-Mart manager had allegedly seen Harris steal more than $1,000 worth of food and asked the guard to obtain their license plate number.

The guard took it upon himself to try to detain the two men. He banged on the car’s window, and Whigham assaulted him, beginning the brawl, Duran said.

The stolen items were found in the backseat of the car, Duran said. The guard sustained minor head injuries, but refused medical attention.

Whigham sustained a small laceration to the back of the head, and Harris had no injuries.

Harris was booked into the county jail on suspicion of grand theft and battery. Whigham was released from the hospital with a citation for battery, Duran said.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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