Woman reported being choked by fellow shopper

2012-10-15T18:15:00Z 2012-10-26T15:58:03Z Woman reported being choked by fellow shopperDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | A Hobart mother said she was choked and her life threatened by a fellow shopper she reprimanded for skipping ahead in a checkout line.

Nikki Meanovich, 23, said she was standing in the checkout line at Ross Dress For Less, 2550 E. 79th Ave., Friday when another woman physically accosted her and her 4-year-old daughter.

"It was completely uncalled for and wrong," Meanovich said.

A manager at the local Ross store referred calls to corporate headquarters. Those calls weren't returned.

Meanovich said she was holding her 1-year-old son with her daughter next to her when the initial verbal confrontation between her and the other woman started.

The woman at first ignored Meanovich's comment about skipping ahead in line, then turned and verbally reprimanded Meanovich after her daughter started whining.

"She told me I needed to take control of my child and act like a decent mother," Meanovich said.

Meanovich said she pointed her finger at the woman and scolded her for involving the child.

"All I said was don't talk about my daughter. I didn't yell or do anything. I don't know what caused her to go from zero to 10," Meanovich said.

In addition to accosting both her and her daughter, the woman also threatened her life, Meanovich said.

"'I'll kill you if you do it again,'" Meanovich recalled the woman saying to her.

The woman left the store after the confrontation, Meanovich said.

Meanovich said she was left with scratches and marks on her neck and a daughter who is traumatized.

"I just want the lady brought to justice because what she did is not OK," Meanovich said.

The woman, whose image was captured on a store surveillance camera, was described by police as black, heavy-set approximately 5 foot 8 inches and wearing a jacket with a fur collar.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police Detective James Gonzales at (219) 942-1125, ext. 1114.

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