Brittany Rogers, 24, of the 100 block of W. Shoreway Drive, was indicted on a felony retaliation charge. She was also arrested for disorderly conduct the day the incident occurred and for assault a few days later.
In early October, Rogers encountered her ex-niece inside Walmart in Perkins Township. The niece was previously involved in a criminal case involving Rogers’ stepbrother, according to a Perkins police report, and Rogers called her a liar inside the store.
“The next time I see you in public — not here, not now, but the next time — I’m going to beat your (expletive),” Rogers allegedly told the woman.
When the woman turned to walk away, Rogers grabbed a shoebox and struck her over the head, the report said.
A Walmart employee later told police it was “a good hit,” the report said.
The woman’s friend also said Rogers mentioned she was going to get the woman back for “what she did to her stepbrother” according to the report.
Because the woman was a witness in a criminal case against Rogers’ stepbrother, the assault warranted a third-degree felony charge.
This week, an Erie County grand jury opted to reaffirm that charge.