Walmart where bleach fight took place is hot spot for police calls
By By Steve Kilar
The Baltimore Sun|
Apr 12, 2012 | 12:00 PM
The Baltimore County Walmart that was the site of a bleach fight last fall, clearing the store for several hours and sending 19 to the hospital, likely won't see one of the women allegedly involved for awhile.
Most of the calls — more than 1,000 — have been for reports of theft.
There have also been 60 calls for domestic disputes and more than 50 cases of assault. Five calls were to report fires. Three were for bomb threats. There were also two reported armed robberies and a report of prostitution.
Those numbers are significantly higher than other Greater Baltimore Walmarts over the same time period. The Dundalk store had fewer than 1,200 calls for police, Catonsville had fewer than 1,000 and Reisterstown had fewer than 500.
Though Broadwater received the call statistics for the Lansdowne Walmart within days of the October assault, police said it would take about a month to return 911 statistics for a dozen other Walmarts and Target stores around Baltimore.
In order to speed up the data turn-around time, Broadwater limited his request to just the three other stores mentioned above. Even so, police did not return the data until after the start of the New Year.