Charges against a Princeton man have been dropped after an altercation Saturday night in Walmart that sent one man to the hospital.
The altercation occurred about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at 701 W. Princeton Drive.
Police Chief James Waters reported that two men allegedly were following a man and woman, identified as Justin Crawford, 28, and Ashley Crawford, 27, of Princeton in the store and making comments directed toward the couple, until one of the men, identified as Juan Guerrero, 25, of Princeton allegedly grabbed the woman and pushed her out of the way to get at the man.
At that point, the police chief said, a fight erupted on aisle six, the frozen food section. The fight spilled out into a main aisle of the store and the combatants crashed into a display of ranch dressing and jars of salsa, causing them to fall to the ground.
It is believed that Guerrero sustained a gash to the head from a broken salsa jar, a police report filed in the incident states.
Officer Kyle Strickland responded to the fight call at Walmart and found Guerrero sprawled on the ground and bleeding from the head. Medical responders were called to the scene and worked to stop the bleeding until the 25-year-old was taken by air ambulance to Medical Center of Plano.
Statements were taken from Ashley Crawford, Jose Guerrero, identified as a brother to Juan Guerrero, shoppers who were in the vicinity of the altercation and a store associate.
Waters said that security camera video from inside the store did not show the incident.
Justin Crawford was booked into Collin County Detention Center on a charge of assault. Because he was hospitalized, Juan Guerrero was not arrested. Waters said that the law requires charges be filed in the incident. However, after discussing criminal charges with the District Attorney’s office, the charges were dropped, according to Chief Waters.
This is the third serious incident recently at Walmart that required police intervention. In July 2016, a stabbing occurred at the store, and in August 2016, a shoplifting complaint turned in to a vehicle chase.