A man reportedly beat a woman with a piece of metal before taking off his pants and underwear at a store in Mississippi, according to local media.
The incident, which appears to be a random attack, happened at a Target in Horn Lake, Mississippi, on Friday at about 1:30 p.m., according to Fox 13.
As soon as it began, everyone was told to evacuate the store.
Rhea Abbott saw a part of the attack, and while everyone was evacuating, she stayed behind and was able to pull the man off the woman.
“There is nothing else I would’ve done,” Abbott told Fox 13. “She locked eyes and she held out her hand and said help me. I don’t know anyone else. It breaks my heart.”
Witness Wendy Mullins said she saw a man who ran out of the store in only a T-shirt, socks, and tennis shoes, WREG reported.
Michael Jerome German of Memphis was found by police walking through the Target parking lot partially nude, and they took him into custody. He is being charged with aggravated assault, and is being held without bond in the DeSoto County Jail.
Abbott said that the woman told her that “[the man] was mumbling, ‘She’s got to bleed all she can bleed for the sacrifice.’” The victim said she didn’t know the man.
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The woman was taken to a hospital with injuries all over her body, but they were not life-threatening.
Abbott said the woman had several deep gashes on the back of her head, and her ear was mangled. It appeared that one of the woman’s teeth had been knocked out, she told WREG.
Another witness told WREG that German said he was sorry, that he didn’t mean it, and asked for his mother.
The store was closed briefly for a police investigation.
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