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Man accused of running over Walmart employee returned to Hillsborough from Las Vegas

BRANDON — A man arrested in Las Vegas on accusations he ran over a Brandon Walmart employee in December was returned to Hillsborough County on Thursday.

Algernon Maurice West, 26, of 820 Texas Ave. N in Lakeland, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder. He has been at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas since Dec. 18, when police arrested him on a jaywalking charge.

West gave police a false name, but his fingerprints revealed his identity and that there was a warrant for his arrest.

On Dec. 4, deputies said, West and Eunessa Lawson went to the Walmart at 11110 Causeway Blvd. and tried to buy an $898 laptop with stolen checks.

When a clerk asked them for identification, they started to make a scene, and store security guards walked them to the front of the store to talk to them.

When the guards again asked for identification, West ran out the store with guard Kimberly Price following him in an attempt to write down his vehicle's tag number.

Deputies said Lawson hit another guard, James Powell, who was able to detain her inside the store.

Price chased West through the parking lot, where he got into a black Chevrolet Avalanche truck.

Deputies said he pulled out of his parking space, turned toward Price and hit her. When she fell to the ground, West ran her over with both right side tires, deputies said.

Price was taken to Tampa General Hospital and released three days later.

Man accused of running over Walmart employee returned to Hillsborough from Las Vegas 01/15/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 15, 2010 9:21pm]
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