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Fake shoe salesman charged in Wal-Mart toe-sucking

(Lincolnton Police)
Surveillance video of alleged toe-sucker. (Lincolnton Police)

A manhunt for the Wal-Mart toe-sucker ended Wednesday night when police in North Carolina arrested a man who allegedly posed as a shoe salesman and then sucked on the toes of the surprised woman customer.

When the horrified woman protested, he told her he was a podiatry student.

Police have had several complaints of incidents like that in both Kmart and Wal-Mart, according to local news reports.

Lincolnton Detective Dennis Harris told a local TV station that the man apparently tried the same thing Monday at another Walmart 15 miles away, where he told a woman he was conducting a survey on the feet of different races and nationalities.

The second woman also agreed to take off her shoes, but left when the suspect asked her to remove her socks.

Police in Lincolnton, N.C., a small town northwest of Charlotte, told WCNC TV they had arrested 31 year-old Michael Brown and charged him with assault on a female.

According to the station:

“Erika Porras was shopping Monday when police say Brown allegedly approached her and asked if he could help her try on shoes.

He said, ‘Follow me to shoe department.’

She thought he worked at the store and agreed to try on shoes when Brown told her he was a podiatry student, police say.

Erika’s daughter Kattie told us, ‘He said, ‘I need to take a picture for research,’ and when he did, he stuck her foot in his mouth.'”

The woman got upset and called police.

“Kind of bizarre, strange,” Detective Harris told the station.

Here’s an earlier story from WRAL-TV.


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Fred Barbash, the editor of Morning Mix, is a former National Editor and London Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.
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