A recent incident in Indiana had customers and employees scattering in a local Goodwill store. Khalid Bilal, 24, entered Goodwill around 2 p.m. on Saturday and began causing a racket which eventually turned violent. It’s believed he became upset after he attempted to convert an employee to Islam. Customer Chasity Fraley witnessed the entire ordeal and told 24-Hour News 8 that the man seemed completely “irate” and uncontrollable:
“A guy had become very irate and was screaming at one of the employees and then grabbed him by the collar and start pushing him and screaming are you scared. He was just so full of rage and violence I never seen anything like that before.”
After leaving the first employee, Bilal was approached by a female employee who tried to deescalate the situation. But despite the employee’s calm and soothing tone, Bilal attacked her. Fraley reported what she witnessed saying:
“He violently grabbed her around the neck and just was punching and whatever he could to her. A bunch of employees came out to keep him away from customers.”
When police finally arrived at the scene, they went to apprehend the man, but he attacked police in the process. The attack left one officer with a broken hand. When additional officers responded to the call, Bilal charged them, but they tased him as he ran. The electricity handicapped Bilal enough for officers to cuff him and get him under control.
Despite the terror of the attacks and Bilal yelling, “Allah Akbar,” Fraley reported that the employees handled the issue extremely well:
“They were protecting one another and protecting us they (did) an excellent job at keeping him in a somewhat secured area. They were telling people to get back trying to protect people in the store and one another.”
Bilal continued to attack officers all the way to the hospital and even in the hospital and has since been charged with resisting arrest, attacking police, disorderly conduct, and a couple others. Goodwill released a statement after the event saying:
“Because of the actions of Goodwill store management and the Muncie police no one was injured. It is now a police matter and Goodwill is cooperating. Safety of our customers and our employees is a top priority of Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana.”
We had problems embedding the video from the local news agency but you can click here to watch and review the police report.