2011-04-29 / Top Stories

Local Smashes Senior WalMart Greeter

By Howard Schwach


Stephen Morris, formerly of Far Rockaway, assaulted an elderly WalMart greeter. Stephen Morris, formerly of Far Rockaway, assaulted an elderly WalMart greeter. A former Far Rockaway man attempting to steal a laptop computer from a Riverhead (Long Island) WalMart store assaulted an 80-year-old greeter who tried to get in his way.

Long Island police say that the greeter at the Riverhead WalMart was knocked to the ground Friday after while asking to see the receipt of a homeless man who was attempting to leave the store after stealing a laptop computer.

Police identified the homeless man as Stephen Morris, 33, originally from Far Rockaway. Morris allegedly pushed the older woman to the ground and fled the store about 7:30 a.m., possibly fracturing her wrist in the process, police said.

But another employee recognized Morris, and the suspect was picked up on a warrant later that day, police say.

“She asked to see his receipt; he knocked her over,” Riverhead Detective

Sergeant Joseph Loggia said.

The victim, who lives in Middle Island, left work early with back pain, though she was not hospitalized.

Sgt. Loggia said she might have broken her wrist in the ordeal.

Morris was charged with third-degree robbery. He is being held on $50,000 bail at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside.

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