A Black Friday deal creates chaos at a Northeast El Paso Walmart. Cell phone video recorded Thursday night at the Walmart on Dyer near Fred Wilson as black friday shoppers fought to get a 50-inch television for only $150!
A man in the turqouise shirt is seen in one video swinging at an El Paso Police officer who was pulling him off an elderly woman who was knocked to the ground and trampled. Abc-7 confirmed that man is 23-year-old Ruben Garcia. He’s later seen in the video on the ground in handcuffs.
Police say he was stepping on the woman, so he could take the TV she was already holding! Abc-7 called the county jail and we confirmed Garcia bonded out of jail early Friday morning. He’s now charged with assault of a public servant.
Garcia wasn’t the only one fighting over TV’s. There were other shoppers who got physical at the exact location Thursday night. A man who witnessed the entire thing says he could not believe his eyes.
“It was entertaining, but scary at the same time,” Adolfo Arzaga, the man who recorded one video said. He went to Walmart shortly after it opened looking for a tablet. That’s when he found himself in the middle of the madness.
“I walked in, it was packed. I saw employees from Walmart bringing pellets of tv’s wrapped, people getting aggressive, trying to get their hands on the TV’s, ripping the plastic wrap. The cops tried to maintain the peace, but they couldn’t. It was too much people,” Arzaga said.
One Youtube video shows the riot Arzaga witnessed that led to the arrest of Ruben Garcia. Garcia’s seen throwing punches at on off-duty officer then moments later, on the ground in handcuffs.
Arzaga was only a few feet away when he found two women also fighting over deals. The women are seen exchanging words, then quickly turning physical as a man jumps in the middle of the two and grabs the 32-inch tv from one woman’s hands.
“I don’t think its worth it. Just for saving extra bucks, they were fighting over things they can buy on a regular day. Just to save a few extra bucks,” Arzaga said.
Other El Paso shoppers we encountered echoed the same thoughts.
“I think that’s ridiculous, for items like that just for one day, I think it’s ridiculous to be honest,” one man said.
“Thanksgiving is a time for giving and a time to give thanks,” another shopper said.
As for Arzaga’s black friday experience? He left after the riot and unlike the shoppers in the video, he never quite got what he was looking for.
“Did you get the tablet you were looking for? No, they ran out of it, so no. I just left with the video.”
Walmart’s management did not want to comment on the situation.