Mum and son arrested for stripping off and doing karate at department store


A mother and son duo were arrested after causing commotion at a Walmart store, with the woman karate kicking in the car park, while her son stripped off his clothes inside the shop.

The family dog didn’t help matters, either.

As Milwaukee’s TMJ 4 reports, Lisa Smith, 46, and her 25-year-old son, Benny Vann, went to Walmart on Wednesday with Smith’s dog, Bo.

Bo wasn’t on a leash and reportedly caused some distress by running around the store.

Benny Vann and mum Lisa Smith were arrested at a Wisconsin Walmart. Source: Eau Claire Police Department/TMJ 4

After trying to catch the dog and “pulling apart store displays,” Smith was asked to leave the Walmart, a Wisconsin police statement explains.

Smith didn’t vacate the store’s premises entirely, though — instead, she decided to practice some karate in the store parking lot

It wasn’t just shadowboxing, either; the woman allegedly tried to kick a window of a police vehicle in the lot.

Vann, meanwhile, allegedly stripped down inside the Walmart and tried to put on new clothes that the store was selling.

“When officers approached Vann he refused to stop and attempted to run over an officer with his scooter,” the police statement reads.

Vann was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior, disorderly conduct, and retail theft, while his mother was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and bail jumping, the statement notes.

The police even had a bit of fun with the story, ending the post by saying that Bo “was not charged.”

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