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Woman in viral video rants arrested, charged with disturbing the peace

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published February 3, 2020

 The woman seen on a Facebook video berating customers and employees at a local store was arrested by Warren police after another incident at Walmart on Feb. 2.

The woman seen on a Facebook video berating customers and employees at a local store was arrested by Warren police after another incident at Walmart on Feb. 2.

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WARREN — A woman seen on viral videos shared across social media berating customers and employees at local businesses in recent weeks has been arrested in Warren and is now facing a disturbing the peace charge.

Detective Sgt. Greg Booton, of the Warren Police Department, said the woman, a 52-year-old resident of Madison Heights, was arrested at about 1 a.m. Feb. 2 at Walmart on 12 Mile Road at Van Dyke Avenue.

“She was disturbing customers, refusing to leave the store when asked,” Booton said. “After she refused to leave when asked by an officer, she was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. She may have medical issues. If the court deems it’s necessary, they can order her to go for evaluation and treatment. That’s up to a judge.”

According to a police report, the woman was “yelling and screaming at customers and using profanity” at Walmart. She was reportedly approached by a manager who asked her to stop yelling and to leave the store. She allegedly refused and began scanning items in a self-checkout lane.

The woman reportedly had a small white dog with her at the time of her arrest. The dog was reportedly turned over to a family member.  

Booton said the woman has had a string of recent encounters with police going back to Dec. 4, and a list of 34 contacts with law enforcement, including traffic infractions, going back to 2011.

On Jan. 31, Warren officers were dispatched to the scene of a similar disturbance at Meijer on Mound Road, north of 12 Mile Road, where they made contact with the woman. Police were also called to the same Meijer for yet another similar situation involving her on Jan. 18. The same day, police in St. Clair County were called to investigate her involvement in a domestic issue. On Jan. 17, she was reportedly involved in an alleged disturbance at Del Taco on Dequindre Road, south of 12 Mile Road.

Disturbing the peace is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail. At press time, the woman remained held in the Macomb County Jail with bail set at $5,000 ahead of her next court date, which was not set at her arraignment on Feb. 3. She requested a court-appointed attorney.