Suspects Dylan Reynolds, 22, of Columbia, and Michael Walters, 24, of West Monroe, were arrested Thursday after social media tipped off the West Monroe Police Department, according to the News Star
According to an arrest warrant obtained by local TV station KNOE, the two men stalked and “terrorized” an unnamed black woman as she was exiting Walmart “for no apparent reason.”
“While the victim was leaving the store and attempting to load her purchased items in her vehicle, she was confronted by two white males. While in the parking lot the victim was yelled at and called n*****,” read the warrant. “The female rushed the items in her vehicle and tried to escape the two white males while they were yelling racial slurs at her. As the victim fled the scene in her vehicle, one of the two white males chased after her on foot while pushing an empty shopping cart.”
The warrant reads that one of the men “violently” rear-ended the Black woman’s car with the shopping cart, causing more than $1,000 in damages and endangering her as she tried to leave. Afterward, Reynolds and Walters sped away in a gray Dodge Ram pickup truck.
The men are being held in Ouachita Correctional Center on individual $20,000 bonds. According to KNOE, they’re charged with felony hate crimes, resulting in $5,000 fines and up to five years in prison.
Walmart tells 18 Karat Reggae in a statement: “We want our customers to have a pleasant and safe shopping experience, and we don’t tolerate discrimination of any kind. We’ll continue to work with the West Monroe Police Department and will refer additional questions to them.”.