GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) – An Upstate man is charged with murder after authorities say he stabbed his wife inside Walmart on Saturday afternoon.
Deputies said they were called to the Walmart on White Horse Road in Berea at 1:21 p.m. about a physical altercation at the store.
Witnesses told deputies a man and a woman got into a fight and that the man stabbed the woman and fled. The woman, now identified as 38-year-old Lilia Blandin, was found with injuries and taken to the hospital where she died, according to the coroner.
The coroner said Blandin was an employee of Woodforest Bank inside the Walmart store, and was working at the time of the incident.
On Sunday, Master Deputy Jennings Autrey said the victim’s husband, Avery Blandin, was under guard at Greenville Memorial Hospital and was charged with murder. Autrey said Blandin drove away from the scene but wrecked his car at the corner of Agnew Road and Marion Road before being arrested Saturday afternoon.
Several customers were appalled that Walmart stayed open for business through the stabbing and the aftermath. “I saw there was blood everywhere, on the ground, on the table, on the wall,” said Brittany King, a shopper who arrived shortly after the stabbing.
“It’s disrespectful to the family that it happened to. Especially the people and the employees who saw it happen.”
“From what I can see, they never really gave (the employees) that opportunity to recuperate,” said Bob Quarles, who said he walked into the store just as the attack happened.
Master Deputy Jennings Autrey said the decision to stay open was up to the management at the store. “The shoppers are not affecting the crime scene,” Autrey said. “I just want to be clear on that, that it has been roped off and deputies are there protecting the integrity of the crime scene.”
Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said, “We did, as requested, close our grocery checkout area to allow the police to do their work and provide some level of privacy, given the circumstances.”
“This was a senseless act of violence, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family during this difficult time,” Gee said.
Gee said Walmart was assisting investigators with the investigation and that it turned over surveillance video from the store.
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As I was walking out of Wal-Mart with my family, we noticed a very large lady (had to be 6’3) limping over to an electric scooter. She was wearing pink leggings and a unbelievably short tank top. Her breasts were not supported by any type of bra and her butt crack hanging in the wind showed her lack of panties. Her stomach rolls were piling up as she sat onto the scooter and could not reach the handle bars because of her size. She heard a loud creak and screamed at whom seemed to be her daughter “GOD DAMN IT! WHY DIDN’T I GET THAT DAMN BREAST REDUCTION!?!?!?”, my sons…being high schoolers then said to her “Lady you need way more then a breast reduction!”. She, obviously madden by this looks over to my boys and throws her purse at them. Her large sack of a purse spills onto the floor and the usual money, coupons, check book and pack of gum falls out of her wallet…along with the mound of pads, tampons, condoms, lube and lady toy. Stunned, my son Noah says “Thanks for the show lady! Though I dont think you will need the condoms…have fun with the rest! AND, since it was NOT a very good show ill be taking your pay back!”, he runs to go pick up the three crushed up singles she has and we were on our way!
The big 4th of July weekend had just begun & my parents (whom I still live with) were setting up a tent in the backyard. Originally the wanted the table & chairs from the deck to go inside the tent but found out the legs might puncture the pleather bottom of the tent. So knowing about my strong arms, they dragged me with them to the nearest Wallyworld to go shopping for a less puncture-prone set of patio furniture. Since the Portsmouth, NH Walmart is rather ordinary, I expected them to just pick out the table & chairs, pay for them & go home. All of that was about to change that Saturday, for what do I see but some Canadian tourist walking around with a piece of tissue paper hanging out of his nose (& he’s totally oblivious aboot it, eh), marking the first Person of Walmart sighting in Portsmouth & just when it couldn’t get any weirder, as we were exiting the store, we saw a barefoot teenage boy walking around the parking lot. That was quite a day, in which, alas, the search for patio furniture was fruitless.