VERO BEACH – The owner of the Subway store located inside the Vero Beach Walmart called law enforcement about a worker who showed up drunk and was causing a disturbance with customers, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
A Walmart loss prevention associate told deputies that a Subway employee, identified as 30-year-old Nikita Y. McGriff, was showing up intoxicated for the last couple of weeks, the report said.
On Tuesday, at approximately 3 p.m., McGriff was at the front of the store causing a scene in front of customers near Walmart’s checkout line and raising her voice.
“The disturbance McGriff was causing attracted an audience from customers in the self-checkout line and produce section,” the deputy said.
“McGriff was still yelling when I walked into the Walmart entrance. As I spoke with McGriff, I could see her eyes were glassy and bloodshot. I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her person,” the deputy added.
The deputy asked McGriff to walk outside, which she was compliant at first. But then she grabbed the deputy by the arm and yelled, “hold up!” The deputy asked her not to put her hands on him, at which time she became uncooperative, belligerent, and refused to walk outside.
“I could see more customers being drawn to the area due to the disturbance McGriff was causing,” the deputy said in the report.
As McGriff was being detained, she resisted by pulling away and was trying to free herself. The two struggled and fell to the ground inside the store. A retired police officer assisted the deputy and McGriff was finally detained.
While walking McGriff to the deputy’s patrol car, she continued to push back. Once in the car, she kicked the deputy, and then the bars that covered the window.
McGriff was arrested on charges of Disorderly Intoxication, Felony Resist Arrest With Violence, Misdemeanor Resist Arrest Without Violence, and Felony Battery on Law Enforcement Officer.
Bond set at $21,500.
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