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Elderly Man Attacks Man With Shopping Cart Over Express Lane Dispute at Walmart: Deputies

William E. Golladay, 77, faces charges of felony battery for the Saturday incident where he struck 65-year-old John L. Malherbe at a Charlotte County Walmart.

Monday, Jan 13, 2014  • Updated 5:14 PM EDT
Elderly Man Attacks Man With Shopping Cart Over Express Lane Dispute at Walmart: Deputies

William Golladay

An elderly man was arrested after attacking another elderly man with a shopping cart at a Walmart saying he had exceeded 20 items when buying his items in the express lane, authorities said.

William E. Golladay, 77, faces charges of felony battery for the Saturday incident where he struck 65-year-old John L. Malherbe at a Charlotte County Walmart, authorities said.

Malherbe told authorities that he was buying items in the express lane when Golladay started counting them as he placed them on the counter. When they exceeded 20, Golladay started yelling at him and that there were too many and told him he couldn’t use that register, the probable cause affidavit said.

Malherbe tried to ignore the man until he moved in close to his face and then Malherbe yelled for him to back away, authorities said.

Golladay walked to his shopping cart, began yelling and went for Malherbe’s right side with the cart, Malherbe said. Golladay pushed the cart into the man’s right elbow, causing him pain, deputies said.

He was then escorted outside, but a short time later he came back into the store and walked towards Malherbe with his fists raised, authorities said. He was escorted out again.

Witnesses told authorities Golladay intentionally pushed the cart into the man’s elbow and was screaming and appeared out of control, the affidavit said.

When deputies arrived Malherbe was shaking and was upset, and his elbow was slightly red.

It wasn't immeditaly known if Golladay had an attorney