Handcuffed woman who claimed she was pregnant lunges for officer’s firearm at North Olmsted Walmart

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Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 12:25 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Two people are in custody in connection to a theft and an altercation that occurred on Tuesday afternoon at the North Olmsted Walmart location.

According to police, officers responded to the Walmart on Brookpark Road in North Olmsted just after 2 p.m. on Tuesday for reports of theft from the store.

Investigators identified the two suspects as 44-year-old Alexander Michalewicz and 40-year-old Brandi Bullington, both of Cleveland.

Michalewicz, who was found to be in possession of a homemade “zip gun,” was escorted from the store to a North Olmsted police patrol vehicle for transport while Bullington remained inside Walmart’s loss prevention office.

According to police, Bullington told police that she was pregnant at the time, prompting officers to handcuff her in the front.

While collecting evidence, police said Bullington lunged for an officer’s gun and grabbed it with both of her hands. Her and the officer fought over the firearm until Bullington was eventually separated.

Police said Bullington continued to fight officers. One was gouged in his face in multiple spots and was treated at an area hospital as a result.

Bullington eventually admitted to police that she was actually not pregnant.

Both her and Michalewicz are being held in the custody of the North Olmsted Police Department until their court appearances.

The two are charged with robbery, but additional charges are pending because a “significant amount” of methamphetamine was seized from the suspects’ vehicle.

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