9/2 Sagamihara, Japan
Bar Patron Stalks then Slashes Waitress
Koji Nojima, 40, an unemployed man, was arrested for attempting to
murder a waitress of a local bar. At around 9:53 p.m., the 33-year-old woman had just
arrived at the bar when Nojima ambushed her, pushing her down and slashing her neck with a
knife. Eyewitnesses alerted the police who arrested Nojima at the scene. The victim
suffered slight slash wounds.
Nojima began drinking at the bar last year. After she rejected his advances, he continued
to stalked her and sending e-mails to her mobile phone. Last March, the woman consulted
local police over his stalking behavior. The police then instructed Nojima in May to leave
the woman alone which stopped the visits to the bar and e-mails.
8/22 Orfordville, WI
Man Confronts Supervisor with Shotgun
Curtis P. Clint, 36, was charged with attempted first-degree
intentional homicide after he confronted a supervisor in the break room with a loaded
shotgun. The supervisor grabbed the barrel while 3 other workers restrained and disarmed
Clint. The shotgun muzzle had been outfitted with a plastic milk jug in what police think
was a makeshift silencer. No shots were fired. Immediately after the incident, Clint told
two fellow employees that he had trouble with the supervisor and was "going to end
it." Clint was being evaluated to see if his mental state is a possible defense.
8/12 Loyalhanna PA
Wife of Man on Strike Threatens Temporary Workers
Lori Jo Gross was the wife of man who was on strike at Aero
Diecasting. She allegedly followed three temporary workers who crossed the picket line
from the plant till they stopped at an intersection. She then pointed a .380-caliber
pistol at them and called them "scabs," police said the men told them. By
tracking the liscence plate number, they found her and the pistol.
8/10 Cleveland, OH
Ex-Employee Ram Cars in Company Lot with SUV
Anthony Harris, 45, was arrested after he assaulted co-workers and
damaged property at the business he was just fired from earlier in the day. On an early
Wednesday morning, he returned to Alkon Industries and attacked former co-workers. He then
climbed into a Ford Excursion and rammed 17 vehicles in the company parking lot. He fled
after hitting a man in the face with a rock and pushing another car off the road. He was
later arrested in a nearby home.
8/2 Kalihi, HI
Man Hits, Stabs then Shoots Co-worker with Slingshot
A man allegedly stabbed a co-worker with a pair of scissors Tuesday
as part of a series of attacks on the victim.
A 28 year old suspect got into an argument with his 24-year-old victim at about 2:45 p.m.
It escalated till the suspect allegedly punched and the stabbed the victim in the face
with a pair of scissors. other co-workers restrained the suspect till he was able to flee.
He then later returned and shot the victim with a slingshot. He was arrested and released
pending the trial.
7/28 Fresno, CA
Would-be Serial Killer Thwarted by Victims Resistance
Will Calcote, 21, crashed his vehicle and died while being pursued
by California Highway Patrol officers. He had attempted to kidnap a 19-year-old waitress
at a restaurant that he frequently visited. He waited till her shift ended at 11 pm and
offered an opportunity in obtaining a modeling job. He asked her to come back to his
placed to sign some papers. But once in the car, he turned violent, repeatedly using a
tazer on her and threatening to kill her. The victim fought back and eventually jumped
from the car while it was going at approximately 35 mph. Calcote stopped the car but as
other vehicles stopped to assist he sped off. A witness came to help her and call law
enforcement was notified. He was then later spotted and the chase ensued. In
Calcotes trunk, officers discovered a chilling array of tools: a video camera,
ropes, duct tape, handcuffs, knives, a large ax, heavy-duty rubber gloves and large
plastic garbage bags. A search of Calcotes Fresno apartment turned up books and
videos about famous serial killers, including a how-to for serial killing; it is unknown
if he had previous victims.
7/27 Richland, WI
Co-Worker Kills Other, then Turns Himself In
Reuben A. Wipf, 21, was charged with the murder of Robert Hege, 19,
which occurred at their job at A-1 Pallet. Alledgly, Wipf and Hege did not get along and
after a meeting to discuss their problems, Wipf quit and walked out. He went to his home,
retreived his shotgun and returned to kill Hege. Wipf then drove to the sheriffs
department and turn himself in. In a statement to authorities, Wipf stated that "the
devil made him do it".
7/19 Baltimore, MD
Worker Returns 2 Months after Fired at Manufacturing Plant
Levi A. White arrived at the H.R. Nicholson Co. plant at
approximately 7:40 PM two months after was fired for allegedly sabotaging a $400,000 piece
of equipment. He entered with a shotgun and asked for his former supervisor, Dennis
Wilson. He shot Wilson at close range and then went outside, sitting in her car and
waiting for arriving officers. After being ordered to drop his weapon, he pointed the
shotgun at officers who shot him multiple times. White later died at the hospital. Records
show that he was recently charged with smashing Wilsons windshield with a brick and
is suspected with spray painting the same car several weeks ago. In April, Wilson had
caught White with wire cutters after a $400,000 piece of equipment was sabotaged,
resulting in Whites dismissal.
6/17 Opelika Alabama:
Bomb Threat to Day Care Center
In Opelika, Alabama, woman was charged with calling in a bomb
threat to the day care center where she worked. Jessica Kay Thornton, 20, apparently used
her cell phone while at work to call in the bomb threat to Miss Deannas Daycare.
Thornton is reportedly to have said, "Theres a bomb in your building"
before hanging up the phone. All children and employees were evacuated from the day care
center while firefighters searched the building. Thorntons motive for calling in the
threat is unclear.
Ex-BGE employee returns to workplace firing gun shots
Miller, a 46-year-old, ex-Baltimore Gas and Electric Co, who worked
with the company for 28 years returned to his place of employment and fired gun shots at
the building. On Thursday afternoon around 5:30 p.m. Miller drove around to the back of
the building where his supervisor Doreen Hartley, 40, has an office with a window. The
supervisor saw him get out of a car with a weapon and ran for safety, and warned others.
Miller fired shots through Hartleys office window, and then shot his way inside the
building. The shooter was found dead in the office from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot
wound to the upper body. No one else was seriously injured, and the office appeared closed
the following day.
June 14 Shreveport, LA
Robber Beaten by Beauty School Students
Jared Gipson, 24, entered the Blalocks Beauty College and
told the women there to lie down on the floor. After collecting their money, Gipson ran
toward the front door when manager Dianne Mitchell tripped him. The robber dropped his gun
and Abram Bishop, a male employee at the college, jumped on his back, pinning him down.
The students, arming themselves with curling irons, chairs and a wooden table leg,
assaulted Gipson to point where he needed medical attention. The gun, police learned
later, was not loaded.
NOTE: While this case has a positive outcome, it is dangerous to resist a robbery or to
prevent a robber from leaving, especially if they have a firearm. Just let them take the
money and leave. It is simply just not worth your life.
June 9th Trenton, OH
Former Employee Rams Supervisor's Car at Train Crossing
Workplace violence does not always happen at work. James Martin was
charged with felonious asault and vandalism when he rammed his former supervisor, Harold
Smith and then threatened him with a bat. Martin used to work at the Blankenship Masonry
when he quit a few weeks ago. Recently, he contacted Smith to be re-hired but was denied.
It was several days later when Smith was waiting in his car while a train was crossing
when Martin made his assault. Several witnesses also waiting in the car came to assist as
Martin held Smith by the throat and threatened to kill him. Arriving officers later found
Martin at a near by gas station, talking on a payphone. He then turned himself in.
May 31 Henderson, TX
Two Men Kill Co-Worker
Delfino Martinez, 35 and Noel Guevera Martinez, 30, are both
suspects in the murder of Juan Carlos Garza, 20, during a dinner break at Townley Lumber
Co. The incident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. when the two suspects reportedly returned
from a parking lot and fired at co-worker Garza with a 9-millimeter handgun. Garza was
shot twice in the head. Brown said both suspects are believed to have participated in the
shooting, which occurred All three were working the night shift at the mill and the
shooting was allegedly the result of an argument that began over the weekend.
San Fransico, CA
Ex-Social Worker Returns to Kill Former Colleague
Gregory Gray, 54, fatally shot Bruce Franks, a 49, at the Conard
Community Service Center. He is also accused of assaulting senior case manager Kalifa
Coulibaly, who police said tried to wrestle the weapon out of Gray's hands. Gray was fired
from his job at the center back in September. On a Monday morning, we walked in just
before 9 a.m. carrying a handgun, a shotgun and a hatchet and shot Franks in the chest and
back. Homicide inspectors and Conard employees reportedly state that Franks, who did not
supervise Gray, was not the intended target.
As Gray was wrestled to the ground by workers, a homeless man and client of the agency,
picked up the dropped shotgun and ran away with it. Responding officers had to apprehend
the thief while workers restrained Gray.
May 6 Franconia Township, PA
Two Employees Accidentally Shot when a Third Shows his Gun in Parking Lot
Two employees were injured and a third was in police custody after
a handgun discharged twice while the men were looking at it. It was between noon and 1
p.m. when the three men had left their shift at the Moyer Packing Company. They went to
one of the mens cars so that he could show them his Ruger 9mm handgun. The gun went
off twice and two of the men were injured. There is no suspicion that the act was
intentional and noon of the injuries were life threatening.
May 6 Chatham, GA
Home Depot Employee Shoots Man who Chased him to Work
An incident occurred on a Friday night at the chain store's
southeast distribution center in Chatham County. According to witnesses, the assailant
chased the victim through the parking lot, shooting as he ran. As reported, Sean Pajotte ,
35, was an employee of Home Deport and had been in an argument with ShaKim Brash, 38.
Brash had threatened Pajotte and followed him to the company parking lot. That is when
Pajotte pulled out his weapon and shot at Brash. However, police report that Brash was the
aggressor and a weapon was allegedly found in his car.
May 5 Houston, TX
Attorney Kills Another in Office
Jackie Lee Duke, 52, was a contract attorney working for Cooper
Cameron. At about 8:40 a.m., Duke was meeting with Michael Paul Hartmann, 54, the in-house
attorney and Dukes alleged supervisor. Both of them worked on patent related legal
issues for the oil services company for the past several years. It was reported that Duke
was being let go but it must not have been a surprise to him. He had left a suicide note
at home and brought with him that morning two weapons, a .357-caliber revolver and a
semiautomatic handgun. In a soft-sided briefcase, the gunman had also brought more
ammunition. Duke shot and killed Hartmann and then committed suicide. Both shots were to
April 22nd Jackson, MI
Man Shoots Co-Worker of Missing Tools Dispute
Eddie Mitchell, 51, allegedly murdered Clifton Patterson, 43, at
the Anglin Tire Company. Mitchell reportedly shot Patterson three times during a dispute
over missing tools, hitting him in the abdomen, left rear shoulder and in the back of the
head. Mitchell had kept a handgun in one of his toolboxes.
April 20th Leominster, MA
Construction Company Owner Hits and Threatens Employees
Walter Fiore, 58, the president of Fiore Construction Co., Inc.,
was charged with assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon,
possession of a firearm without an identification card, disorderly person, and threatening
to commit a crime by Milford police. He allegedly showed up at the work site at 9 a.m. and
demanded to see someone who was not present. Frustrated, he allegedly hit a 65-year-old
assistant supervisor and then brandished what appeared to be a handgun. The two were past
business associates. He then went to another construction site and demanded to see the man
he was seeking while waving a machete.
April 18th Benoni, South Africa
Business Owner Kills Two Workers and Injures Another
In case of an employer shooting his own employees, Tony Jones, 55,
opened fire at MCE Engineering on Monday after a dispute over wage payments. He was
arguing with 15 of his employees in the morning as they were demanding their full payment,
only a portion of which did they receive. There was history of abusive practices such as
when he set his 10 attack dogs on his workers last year. These dogs were constantly
intimidating the workers through the workplace. In this last shooting, two workers were
killed and one critically injured when he ordered them outside the gate and then came back
with a gun, firing randomly at the workers. He was later found dead inside his office from
a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
April 14th Detroit, MI
Former Employee Shot by Stranger In Lobby of TV Station
A former employee comes to the workplace and a shooting occurs. But
this incident has unique twist. John Owens, 53, was visiting the lobby of a TV station
WDIV-TV when he was shot by a man who had apparently been harassing and assaulting company
employees for the past year. At approximately 4:15 p.m., Owens was there to pick up a
video tape when a unidentified man entered the lobby but was not given admittance to the
building since the receptionist recognized him as someone who they have had problems with
before. The man then shot Owens and fled. Authorities later apprehended a suspect. A
spokesman of the station stated that although they regret that a former employee was hurt,
the security systems that they had in place did their job. The suspect obviously came to
the station to inflict harm but was identified (and recorded) on the CCTV system and not
buzzed in to the building. In an American Society of Employers survey of 245 Detroit-area
companies, 61 percent said they had a workplace violence policy in place in 2004, up from
41 percent in 2000.
Jury Finds Mother not Guilty of
1st Degree Murder of Rapist
A jury found the defendant Kimberly Cunningham, 33, not guilty of
first degree murder when she went to the Alcoa, TN workplace of Coy Hundley, 39, and shot
him in the parking lot. It was over a year and half ago when Cunningham discovered that
Hudley had allegedly raped her 10 year old daughter. Hudley was also the girls
uncle. The next day, Cunningham went to Slide Lock Tool Inc. where Hudley worked and shot
him 8 times. The jury is still weighing to convict her of lesser charges.
4/2 Woodridge, NY
Workplace Stabbing From Co-Worker Dispute
Luis Garcia, 41, stabbed a fellow co-worker Melvin Kanalis, 33, at
the Newburgh Egg Corp. The injury was to this abdomen and he had to be rushed to the
hospital. The dispute occurred around noon as Kanalis asked Garcia to clean a piece of
equipment. A argument ensued that ended in the stabbing with a box cutter. Garcia then
fled after the incident but was later caught home.
March 28th Nottingham, UK
Healthcare Worker Kills Himself Over Despair from Work
Ken Wilson worked as an operating theatre practitioner at
Queens Medical Centre where he encountered the frequent tragedy of young people
dying from violence. His wife believes that he killed himself due to the despair at the
loss of young people from violent crime, car crashes and illness. The father of two
teenagers was found dead in a staff living quarters. On a notepad found in his bag he had
written: "Im not mad, just very tired and depressed." He took his own life
by taking an overdose of anesthetics and muscle relaxant drugs used in the operating room.
3/23 Whitehall, OH
Fired Employee Commits Suicide at Office
Reggie Edwards, 47, was fired from his salesmans job for job
performance issues at Safe Auto Insurance when he went out to his car and returned with a
gun. He fired shots inside and then took the human resources administrator hostage. Law
enforcement quickly arrived as he barricaded himself and his hostage at around 4:15 p.m.
Negotiations were going well and the hostage was released at 10:45 p.m. Edwards then
killed himself shortly afterwards. In 2000, he won the Salesman of the Year award.
3/23 Arlington, IL
Man Takes Manager Hostage
Tylon Cole was an employee of Planned Plumbing when he entered a
heated argument with two of his supervisors at around 5 a.m. He took out a handgun and
fired into the air. When a manager told Cole to calm down, he shot a supervisor, who was
lying on the floor, twice in the leg. He then ordered the manager to drive him to Elgin
where he then fled. He was later apprehended by law enforcement. The manager was taken to
the hospital for suffering from chest pains.
3/14/05- Frederick, MD
Water Treatment Plant Fires Guns at Work
Donald Lee Smith, 58, opened up fire at the Marcies' Choice Lane
plant which treats wastewater. He brought a handgun and a rifle just after 8 p.m. and
started to "shooting around" the plant. No one was injured and it appears that
he was not aiming at anyone. Numerous officers responded and were able to convince him to
surrender after 15 minutes of negotiations. He was sent to a hospital for a mental
evaluation and was later released and arrested.
3/3 Beech Grove, IN
Hospital Manager put on Leave for Alleged Assault on Employee
David McRoberts, manager of catheterization labs at Francis
Hospital and Health Centers, was put on leave after he was accused of assault on Bryan
Taylor, a hospital technician. Reportedly, McRoberts "grabbed the front of Bryan's
shirt with both hands and pushed Bryan backwards into a wall," Taylor also told
police that McRoberts cursed at him and threatened to write him up. This allegedly
happened in McRoberts' office at around 1:45 p.m. McRoberts claims that he never touched
Taylor. McRoberts attorney is claiming that Taylor is copying a similar recent
lawsuit complaint in which St. Francis heart surgeon, Dr. Daniel H. Raess, was ordered to
pay $325,000 to a former hospital employee for verbal assault in 2001.
3/3- Decatur, IL
Brother Stabs Worker to Death at Work
LaWarren Thomas stabbed his brother DiAngilos at LaWarrens
workplace. A physical confrontation occurred when his brother and others were visiting.
They were punching each other when DiAngilos stopped and complained that he could not
breath. Lifting up his shirt, they found blood on his chest. They drove him to the
hospital and reported that he was attacked by four unknown men. LaWarren claimed that he
was at work and did not know what happened. The stab wound was found to have penetrated
the heart and the victim later died in the hospital. Later investigation discovered the
truth of the incident.
3/2- Belleville, Ill.
Hairdresser and Two Elderly Clients Stabbed to Death
Michael Cooney, 62, was cutting the hair of two of his regular
customers, two sisters Doris Fischer and Dorothy Bone when they were savagely attacked. A
St. Louis man, Samuel Johnson, was charged with attempted burglary of Cooney's house 15
months ago but has not been charged with the murders. He is fighting extradition in
Chicago and is a leading suspect in the homicides. It is unknown the relationship between
Cooney and Johnson.
2/24 Hoosick, NY
Co-Worker is Stabbed When Horse-play Goes to Far
Pedro Ortiz, an employee of WCW Inc., allegedly stabbed another
employee after the two were "horsing around". Other co-workers state that the
two were friends but that a scuffle just got out of hand. The victim allegedly threw an
object at Ortiz who told him to stop it or else. A fight ensued when the offender stabbed
the victim for times with a seam-ripper, a tool used at the mattress company. Co-workers
quickly broke the fight up and the victim was sent to the hospital to tend to his wounds.
2/24 Los Angeles, CA-
City Worker Kills Supervisor and Co-Worker with AK-47
The shooting took place around 5 p.m. in the maintenance yard of
the municipalitys maintenance yard. Allegedly, the supervisor reprimanded the
assailant for coming to work late. Shot and killed his supervisor and other co-worker who
was in the line of fire.
Then drove to the police station and turned himself in. The assault rifle was found in his
car. The division had been working extremely hard in 12-hour shifts managing the damage of
the heavy rains impacting the area.
2/21 Pascagoula, MS
Co-Worker Talks Shooter into Releasing Weapon
Alexander L. Lett, 41 wounded two supervisors at the Northrop
Grumman Ship Systems shipyard around 6:20 a.m. There were about 30 other workers in the
warehouse when Lett started firing a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol. One of the employees, Leo
Coleman, was able to talk him into surrendering his weapon. He was later taken custody by
Northrop security. Lett was apparently not satisfied with his work assignments where he
was a quality assurance inspector for over 20 years. Co-workers stated that Lett had not
received a vacation he planned and was possibly on the verge of being fired.
2/10 - Pittsburgh, PA
Navy Employee Beats Supervisor Unconscious
Roderick Adams, a civilian computer systems administrator for the
Navy, was charged with assaulting Senior Master Chief Scott Ewen. Ewen, who was not the
direct supervisor, was telling Adams to calm down after the Adams was yelling in the
office. That is when he followed Ewens into his office, pushed him in the corner and
repeatedly pummeled him till he was unconscious. Ewens suffered from a fractured
cheekbone. Adams then fled on foot but was later arrested in him home.
2/2005 Curlew, Washington
Social Worker Attacked before Assailant Killed by Officer
A child Protection Service worker was severely injured after she
was assaulted during a home visit. She had arrived with another CPS worker and a deputy to
remove 3 children from the home. On a previous visit, the father, Bryan S. Russell, 35,
had been warned that they children would be removed unless he improved the living
conditions in their home. There was no electricity and no running water. The worker was
assaulted with a 2X4 and then a machete. She suffered cuts, a broken arm and wrist and a
possible skull fracture. A deputy was able to respond and shot the assailant, killing him
at the scene. The three children, ages 1-5, witnessed the incident. The mother is also
expecting another child shortly.
A 1994 survey Montana child-welfare workers, published in the journal Child Welfare, found
that one in 10 had been hit on the job and a third of the workers had faced death threats.
A quarter of the surveyed workers feared their own families could face job-related
2/18 Taylor, MI - Fired Worker
Wounds Supervisor, Kills Translator
Gustavo De-Jesus Vanegas, 31 was just fired from the International
Paper Co. when he went out to his car and returned with a handgun at approximately 4:20
pm. He then confronted his supervisor in the hallway. . When a female co-worker tried to
intervene, Vanegas shot and wounded the supervisor and then shot and killed the woman. She
had just served as a translator for the fired worker during the termination meeting. The
wounded supervisor and another worker tackled the assailant and held him till officers
arrived. He alledgley was fired for poor performance issues.
2/9 Totawa, NJ-
Scientist Murdered by Co-Worker, Which One Being Investigated
A scientist, Geetha Angara, was found at the bottom of a
water-filled shaft in early February but it was not an accident as the investigating law
enforcement agency has ruled it a homicide. Further investigation has determined that it
must have been a co-worker due to the restrictions in access to her workplace, however
they have not named anyone as a suspect. Angara, a 43-year-old mother of three from
Holmdel was either pushed or shoved into the underground container at the Passaic Valley
Water Commission's water treatment plant. The access panel to the tank was in place when
she was found, meaning someone replaced it after she went in. The 85 other employees have
been interviewed and even had DNA samples taken but continue to work together.
Chesterfield, VA -
Gun Returned to Worker Who Fired at Boss
Elwood Lewis came to his workplace at Quality Building Products
armed with a handgun. After arguing with his boss and other employees, he fired at his
employer but missed. Two co-workers tackled him and removed the weapon from him. However,
after promising to leave, the co-workers gave the gun back to him, first removing the
shells. Lewis went out to his car and reloaded his weapon but was stopped by arriving
officers. He fired at the police but did not injure anyone. He was talked into
surrendering and no one was injured.
February York, AL-
Two Workers Assault Supervisor
Two workers were charged with assault for attacking a supervisor,
Julius Watson. It is unknown what the altercation was about but Justin Michale Haire and
Deon Derrick Jackson were arrested for pummeling their supervisor when the officers
arrived. There were charged with the assault. The supervisor was admitted to the hospital
to care for his injuries.
February- Baton Rouge, LA -
Ex-employee Fires at Former Co-worker
A worker entered his former workplace and fired a weapon at a
former co-worker. Michael Ozerdem, 21, went to James T-Martin Janitorial Supply Company
where the previous week he had an argument with the targeted worker. Ozerdem then walked
off the job. The perpetrator later turned himself into the police. The victims
injuries are not life threatening.
January Canada; Employment
Worker Stabbed by Client
A client stabbed a worker at the Ministry of Human Resources of
Victoria, Canada in mid-January. This tragedy underscores the increased stress and risk
government workers face since the recent closure of 63 other employment offices across the
province, cutting staff by over 35 percent.
Toledo Ohio Jeep Factory Worker Shoots 3 Supervisors; Kills Self
At a Toledo, OH Jeep plant, an employee shot three supervisors on
January 26th. Myles Meyers, 54, walked in the plant about 8:45 pm with a double barreled
shotgun and demanded to see his supervisors. He pointed the gun at a co-worker and ordered
her to call the targets of his rage. He killed one supervisor and wounded two others
before shooting himself in the head. He had recently been put on an in-house three day
suspension for a minor infraction. However, the day before, he met with management and
representatives from the union to discuss work quality issues. The meeting went reportedly
well but Meyers did not show up on time for his next shift. He later appeared with the
weapon, seeking out his supervisors. Once the police found his body, they needed to bring
in a bomb squad after finding wires protruding from underneath his clothes. This was later
discovered to be from a sling he fashioned to hide the 20-gauge under this jacket.
1/20 Marion, IN
GM Employee Stabs Another Over Workplace Dispute
In Marion, IN on January 20th, Gary Thomas stabbed George Dyer just
before 1 a.m. in the General Motors plant. In an apparent an argument over workplace
conditions that escalated into a stabbing. Reportedly, both of the men became agitated
because their jobs were interfering with one another.
1/19 Canadian Mental Health
Worker Fatally Stabbed by Client
In Vancouver, mental health steward, John David Bland, was fatally
stabbed by a client in the Richmond Mental Health Office parking deck on January 19th. As
Bland was leaving work, he was stabbed numerous times and was later found by co-workers.
He was able to state the name of the offender, Roy Dalen, before he lost consciousness.
Bland was a vocational therapist who helped people prepare for jobs with community
organizations and private companies and had worked in the mental health field for more
than 30 years. Tragically, he had only 2 more shifts before he was set to retire.
Young Man Killed by Other Youth
In a truly tragic story, a young man, 18-year old Thanushan
Jeyakumaran from Sri Lanka was abducted from a Toronto super-market where regularly worked
double-shifts. At about 8:50 pm on January 14th, at least 3 assailants kidnapped him and
took him to a near by park where they struck him repeatedly with sharp objects. He was
left to bleed to death but was found about 20 minutes after the assault. However, he later
died in the hospital. Several other young Sri Lankan Tamils were arrested for his murder
in what the police believe was a gang hit. However, all associates and co-workers state
that Jeyakumaran was not involve in any criminal activity and was known as a peacemaker.
He worked constantly but sent 75% of his earning home to save for his parents to move to
This relates to the domestic violence threat to the workplace as it was an employees
personal life or situation that led to the violence. Although it is unknown if the victim
was aware of the danger, it is crucial for workers to feel comfortable in warning their
employer about any concerns.
1/9 Alexandria, VA
Employee Stabs Co-workers and Clients at Retirement Home
On Sunday, January 9th in Alexandria, VA, a worker attacked six
people in a retirement home, injuring residents, co-workers and visitors. He was reported
to keep repeating, "She didn't respect me," as he went on his rampage. Mustafa
Mohamed, 30, was a housekeeping employee and at first appearance did not seem to be likely
candidate for workplace violence. He was not experiencing any negative employment actions
taken against him and had no incidents of violence from his criminal background check.
However, looking into the case a little more closely reveals that Mohamed had been accused
of assault before when he worked at a CVS store in 2003. Reportedly, a co-worker laughed
at him for tripping over some boxes and then was assaulted, however those charges were
dropped. Because there was no conviction, the pre-employment background check did not
reveal the incident. No one was killed but one of the victims, whose neck was broken,
remained hospitalized and another resident required 200 stitches. A visitor was able to
spray him with pepper-spray, survive a knife attack and then convince him to sit down. At
this point, he was reported to keep mumbling the word -"Respect."
1/9 Kalamazoo, MI
Employee Plans Robbery of Bowling Alley
In a deadly combination of co-worker and stranger types of
workplace violence, a clerk at Harpo's Lanes Bowling Alley in Kalamazoo, MI, was killed in
a senseless robbery on January 9th. It was just before Noon when two men entered the
facility wearing masks and carrying guns. They tied up three employees but then shot and
killed 41-year-old Steven Kerr near the front counter. The gunman escaped but were later
caught only to find a tragic twist to the story. An employee of the store, 17 year old
Dominica Sims, was allegedly the one who devised the crime. The mother of 3-month old baby
was working that morning and apparently knew where the business kept the deposits. She and
a partner are held without bail while a third suspect is currently on the loose
Supervisor Saves Employee from Assault
Again on January 9th, in Bridgeport, CT, there was an incident with
no murders or injuries because a supervisor was able to prevent an employee from being
attacked. Three teen-ager women went into a clothing store to threaten another teen-age
cashier. The supervisor sent her into the back office and had to hold back the other young
women from following. The assailants had been calling the store to see if the employee was
working. One of them was previously an employee at the store but was fired after an
altercation with the targeted worker.
1/2 Caribou ME; Coffee Shop Worker Kills
On January 2nd, Christopher Shumway, 19, murdered his supervisor
Erin Sperrey, 20, for allegedly rejecting his requests to go out with him. The two worked
in a coffee shop in Caribou, ME and were alone when Shumway cornered Sperrey in the back
room where he kicked and beat her mercilessly. He then reportedly went back on to the
floor where he waited on several customers while she died from her injuries.
Sperreys mother stated that her daughter was too polite to tell Shumway no but
instead made up excuses about why she couldnt go out with him. He later put Sperrey
in her car but later abandoned the vehicle on the roadside. Although $1,200 was also
missing from the shop, police do not believe that robbery was a motive. Shumway was later
found in a Bangor hotel the next day.