Black Baltimore bleach brawl creates cloud of poison gas
Oct 10th, 2011 by Unamused
Police have arrested a 33-year-old black woman, Theresa Monique Jefferson, whose use of chemical weapons against her baby daddy’s new girlfriend in a Baltimore Walmart on Saturday, October 8 ultimately produced a cloud of poison gas affecting nineteen.
According to Police Officer Shawn Vinson, Jefferson followed the victim into the store, assaulted her, then poured bleach and ammonia on her.
The suspect grabbed whatever she could grab from the aisle at the time. She ended up grabbing bleach and a bottle of ammonia as she was assaulting the victim down on the ground and continued to pour these on her.
Unfortunately, mixing bleach with ammonia releases toxic vapors, which affect the eyes, lungs and mucous membranes. In this case, it forced the immediate evacuation of the entire Walmart Supercenter.
Nineteen people were hospitalized, including three Walmart employees suffering respiratory problems. Dir. Glenn Blackwell of the Baltimore County Fire Department reports that luckily only one person — presumably the original victim of Jefferson’s unconventional but highly effective attack — suffered what he characterizes as a “serious” injury, namely “bleach to the eye.” That person was transported to Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins.
Jefferson has been charged with first- and second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property and theft under $100. (Not an enormous amount of bleach, then — or at least not the really fancy bleach.) She is being held on $350,000 bail, which the author seriously doubts she can afford.
- WBAL TV (Oct. 8, 2011), “Arrest Made In Walmart Bleach Brawl”
- ABC News (Oct. 9, 2011), “Bleach Fight Shuts Baltimore Walmart”