HERMITAGE (AP) — State police have charged an 81-year-old man with choking his wife after becoming “fed up” that she was wandering through a Walmart store.
The Sharon Herald reported Ralph Ross, of West Salem Township, faced a preliminary hearing April 22 on charges of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.
Police said they were called to the store in Hermitage about 7:15 p.m. March 31.
That’s where witnesses told police that Ross pushed a shopping cart into the electronic cart driven by his wife, Mary Louise Ross, then choked and shook the woman before a bystander intervened.
Police said Ross “advised that he had just become ‘fed up’ with Mary wandering around the grocery store and ‘lost it.’”
Ross’ defense attorney did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday.