Topless SC woman jumps in vehicle, attacks mall cop

Kaitlin Lawrence (Greenville Police Department)
Kaitlin Lawrence (Greenville Police Department)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) — A mall security officer says he was attacked by a topless woman in the parking lot of Haywood Mall.

According to the incident report, the mall security officer was assisting a mall patrol with their vehicle before an unknown individual approached him and told him that there was a naked woman in the parking lot near Sears.

After assisting with the vehicle, the guard drove past Palmetto Moon and noticed a woman, 21-year-old Kaitlin Mackenzie Lawrence, wearing jeans and no shirt.

Lawrence then approached the security vehicle and attempted to climb into the open front driver side window, reports say.

The mall security officer pushed the woman away, but then she opened the rear driver side door and got inside the vehicle, reports say.

Officers say the woman then grabbed the security officer by his neck from behind, which caused minor scratches.

Lawrence caused the security officer to lose control of the vehicle and he crashed into a fixed handicapped parking sign, reports say. Officers say the sign and the vehicle were damaged.

The security officer exited the vehicle and he and other mall security officers handcuffed Lawrence and put a shirt over her, reports say.

Officer asked Lawrence why she got inside the security vehicle and she said she had been riding horses five years ago and that she had fallen from a roof, reports say.

Lawrence’s speech did sound slurred and she smelled of an alcoholic beverage, reports say.

Officers say she refused medical treatment and transportation to the hospital when medics arrived.

Officers took Lawrence to the Greenville County Detention Center. She faces assault and battery charges.

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