3 Walmart workers face manslaughter charge in death of shoplifting suspect

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Nathan Higgins, 35; Crucelis Nunez, 23; and Ruandall Tooko, 58. (Lakeland Police Department.)

LAKELAND, Fla. – Three Walmart employees have been charged with manslaughter in the death of a suspected shoplifter.

Police say Kenneth Wisham, 64, tried to steal nearly $400 worth of DVDs from the Lakeland, Florida, Walmart in February when store workers confronted him, according to WFLA.

Wisham ran but had trouble keeping his pants up, eventually causing him to trip and fall to the ground, police said. The Walmart employees held him down until police could arrive, but Wisham stopped breathing. In critical condition, he was rushed to an area hospital where he later died.

An autopsy found Wisham’s cause of death to be mechanical asphyxia due to restraint. The Medical Examiner’s report also found that he had 15 broken ribs.

Three Walmart employees have been charged in his death – Nathan Allen Higgins, a 35-year-old support manager; Crucelis Nunez, a 23-year-old customer service manager; and Randall Eugene Toko a 58-year-old loss-prevention specialist.

Walmart issued the following statement Friday:

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by these events. The status of the associated involved continues to be reviewed. We’ll continue working with law enforcement officials, as we have from the beginning, while conducting our own review.”

(Aired February 13, 2016)

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6 comments

  • Bob

    If you break the law you get what you get.

    When will people learn there is a high possibility they are going to get hurt when they break the law.

    • Rose

      It’s not like they killed him on purpose. It sounds like they just tried to restrain him. If you don’t like the consequences, don’t break the law in the first place. And if you get caught, raise your hands and don’t try to run away. Sorry to say, he brought this on himself and three people who were just trying to do their job are going to be punished. Now days, it seems like people always feel more sorry for the criminal than the people trying to stop them.

  • Truthfairy

    Bob, Hec, Rose..True overreacting Mi trash-Thinking someone deserves to be killed by Walmart trash over dvds! Bet Walmart doesn’t care a bit for their trashy vigalantes…Rot in prison 3 trashy amigos!