CVS employee claims stalker attacked her while she was on the job

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INDIANAPOLIS– The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is working to track down an unidentified man in a bold attack Sunday morning.

A woman who works at the CVS store located at 16th and Meridian streets said the suspect walked into the store and punched her in the face.  She also said the man had been stalking her for two weeks.

The woman, who Fox59 is not identifying, said the man was apparently fixated on her and he would pay daily visits to the CVS location.

“It started with phone calls at the job,” said the victim’s friend Danyetta Smith.  “It turned into him coming up and asking for her at her job every single day.  Asking for her last name and where she lives.”

The man got so persistent that CVS managers eventually banned him from the store. However, Sunday morning, he came back.  Smith said he bought a cupcake and then left.  He later paid a second visit.

The victim reported she was stocking items in a store aisle, when she noticed somebody standing behind her.  When she turned around, she saw it was the suspect.  After she told him to leave, she said he punched her in the face, knocking her out for a few seconds.

A store customer in another aisle heard the attack and then saw the aftermath.

“There was a gentleman, possible witness on the other aisle that said he heard what sounded like somebody hitting someone,” said IMPD Sgt. Linda Jackson.  “He then looked up in time to see the suspect, described as a black male in his 30’s to 40’s, fleeing out the door.”

Smith said the CVS store manager did not do enough to keep employees safe from the man.  She said the manager seemed to do nothing after the victim told him about the alleged stalker’s first Sunday morning visit.

“He did not come up there to make sure the employees were safe or that they felt secure while being employed there,” Smith said.  “And he stayed back in the office and now he was able to come back and attack.”

CVS Corporate Spokesperson, Michael DeAngelis, gave Fox59 the following statement:

“We are committed to providing a safe work environment for our employees and store management had previously informed the suspect in question that he was no longer allowed in our store.  He re-entered the store without our permission yesterday morning before he could be stopped.  His identity is currently unknown, but we are working closely with law enforcement in their investigation of this matter and are providing them with surveillance camera footage of the suspect.  We are also offering our employee counseling and support services.”

Smith said she doesn’t know if her friend will ever go back to work at the CVS location. She is also worried the man could come back to target other women who work there.

At the time of the attack, the man was seen wearing a brown and white checkered coat with dark blue jeans.

11 comments

  • Rick

    “We are committed to providing a safe work environment for our employees and store management had previously informed the suspect in question that he was no longer allowed in our store. He re-entered the store without our permission yesterday morning before he could be stopped. His identity is currently unknown, but we are working closely with law enforcement in their investigation of this matter and are providing them with surveillance camera footage of the suspect." Typical retail store "Security". How many CVS stores have been robbed of drugs and money in the last 3 or 4 months and then nothing done to alleviate the situation ? EVERY drug store should have ARMED security 24/7. Understandably this was a "stalking" issue, but this man could easily be a problem for ALL patrons of this store.

  • Otragdatalnewsanymor

    If it's justified…. then she should!! If she was not given the necessary protection after advising employers, like she did and should have for Everyone's protection. Especially if the man is caught-to sue him too!!

  • reality bites

    There is no protection for this sort of thing. The store is open to the public. It is probably more expensive to risk a half-trained security guard shooting an innocent customer by accident than it is to just go with the status quo.

    They should have just transferred the victim to another store.

  • Faith

    At the CVS store I used to work at, we had the same problem. One of the Cashiers had one of the homeless in the area following her throughout the store and stalking her when she wasn't at work. We told management, and they did the same thing as above. Tossed him out and did nothing else. He would always still come in on her shift and they never did anything about it.

    Cvs doesn't care about there employees at all, they only care about there profit and how to run a store without a proper crew. I'm glad I left them when I did, because from the people I know still employed there, it's getting a lot worse.

  • Maurice

    Take it from someone who works at a CVS, currently we've been robbed twice within a month at my store and we still don't have security at our store despite supervisors telling upper management about gang members casing the store. I heard that at this store where the attack happened security was actually cut a few days for no reason at all so there are nights and evenings where they are defenseless. Its just sad they expect so much from us yet they aren't even willing to provide the much needed protection for us. They don't care about anything but their money even though this poor woman was hurt the next day will be business as usual, and it saddens me to know I work for such a insensitive company because someone's mother, sister, cousin, wife, and friend was attacked by yet the only thing CVS can do is put out a empty-hearted pre-written statement. Ive put up with a lot working for this company but with things like this occuring so often it may be time to find a new job.

  • lacy

    OMG I was just up there and the employees are angry about it. The manager is a sorry excuse he should've been more observant of the store if he knew this was going on. Since there's a chance he could come back he may want to reconsider seeing angry some of the staff are it may be a bad decision on the attackers part.

  • FutureIsOnUs

    Why wasn't the police called on this man the moment the manager decided he needed to be banned? He should have called them to have this man identified and lawfully trespassed from the property. Now they have to depend on what I am sure will be grainy video to possibly identify him. Further more why didn't they transfer her to another store until this could be resolved? So many things could have been done here to protect her yet nothing of any importance was done. Sad!!

  • Deb

    I have much sympathy for this girl. I am an employee of a recently robbed store and the feeling of safe work environment will never be the same. There are certain customers we have to refuse alcohol sales to that can get very belligerent and I am expecting one day one of them will retaliate. We take all precautions and alert the pharmacist so they can call 911 if needed. Our city police keep us well patrolled and are very quick to respond to any call from us Prayers to the employee.

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