Diaz women allegedly attacked employees

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

A mother and daughter were arrested Monday after they allegedly assaulted several employees of the Bealls Department Store in Alice.

According to Alice Police Department reports, the two women, identified as Alma Linda Diaz, 41, and Krystal Diaz, 22, were shopping in the Bealls Store in Alice shortly before 4 p.m. Monday.

The two women reportedly became agitated when they noticed store employees watching them, and then approached the employees and entered into a verbal confrontation.

The two women were then escorted out of the store by a store manager, according to reports.

"Krystal Diaz walked out (of) the store and dropped off her baby in the vehicle and ran back into the store," a police report states.

Once she was back in the store, Diaz then allegedly began assaulting the store manager.

As store employees attempted to separate Diaz from the store manager, her mother reportedly pulled out a blue box cutter and began swinging it at the store employees.

Officers with the Alice Police Department arrived on the scene and arrested the two women after reviewing a security video of the incident.

The blue box cutter was recovered from a compartment behind the front seat of the Diaz's vehicle, according to the report.

Krystal Diaz was charged with three counts of aggravated assault causing bodily injury, and Alma Diaz was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following the incident.

Both women were taken to the Jim Wells County Jail, and were released on $2,500 bond each Tuesday.