Suspects accused of beating Walmart greeter

A duo is accused in two attacks at a local Walmart, and one of their victims was a 74-year-old greeter who was just doing his job
January 8, 2014 8:53:42 PM PST
A duo is accused in two attacks at a local Walmart, and one of their victims was a 74-year-old greeter, who was just doing his job.

It all happened at the Walmart off Dunvale and Westheimer in southwest Houston.

The suspects have been in trouble before, accused of breaking into homes. Authorities now say their latest target was a business.

For over 16 years, Sito Bathan, who does not want his face to be shown, has worn this badge proudly. As a greeter, he chats up guests as they walk in and out of this store. So on December 15 when he saw 22-year-old Michael Craig and Ty-Miah Craig walk out with a big screen TV in a shopping cart, he did what he normally does. But this time, their response was nothing but normal.

"'Ma'am, may I have the receipt please?' And they told me, 'No, it's mine,'" Bathan said.

That's when, according to court documents, Michael Craig, "placed both of his hands on the chest of the victim and shoved him to the ground."

"Once he was pushed to the ground, two citizens at Walmart confronted the defendant about what he did. They told him you shouldn't be stealing TV. At that time, he tried to take woman's purse," Harris County Assistant DA Sarah Mickelson said.

The woman's boyfriend chased the suspect through the parking lot and was able to get the purse back after "striking him several times with his belt," according to documents.

Bathan was taken to the hospital to be treated head and back injuries, but he's already back at work.

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