Woman says she was stuck with syringe at store

A Wal-Mart customer was treated by EMTs

February 23, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore woman was treated at Harbor Hospital this week after she said she was stuck with a syringe in the pocket of a pair of jeans she was trying on at a Wal-Mart in Glen Burnie, authorities said yesterday.

Anne Arundel County emergency medical technicians treated Amanda Davis, 19, for three puncture wounds in her right thigh and drove her to the hospital shortly after the incident was reported by Wal-Mart employees Wednesday afternoon, county fire officials said.

Wal-Mart spokesman Thomas E. Williams confirmed that store employees called 911 when the woman came out of a dressing room and said she had just been stabbed with a needle.

Williams said employees checked other clothing for syringes and found none. He said that the incident was under investigation by the company's loss-prevention division, which oversees store security.

From the company's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., Williams said he was unaware of any similar incident being reported at any of the company's stores, adding, "This is so unusual."

Davis, a resident of the 3100 block of Georgetown Road in Morrell Park, said yesterday that she had been stabbed by a needle while in the store but that she had not filed a police report. She said she was on her way to a lawyer's office yesterday to discuss the incident.

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