Good Samaritans help woman who was robbed and stabbed in Hollywood Market parking lot

BLOOMFIELD TWP., Mich. (WXYZ) - A 35-year-old Pontiac woman is in police custody, accused of robbing and stabbing a shopper at the Hollywood Market in Bloomfield Township. 

Shanekia Ballentine is now charged Felonious Assault and Armed Robbery. Police say Good Samaritans stopped her attack on the 56-year-old victim who was putting groceries in her car.

The alleged attack happened Tuesday at around 5:30 pm.

On of the men who stopped the assault, Alfonso Laster, was sitting in his car with his wife when he saw the what was happening.

"I politely got out of my car and said, 'Hey, what are you doing?'," said Laster

He says he also realized the attacker was actually stabbing the victim.

"I said, 'Hey, hey you got a knife'," said Laster.  "I said, 'Why don't you get off the lady and let the lady go' and then the actual attacker pushed the victim back in the car and attacked her again and started stabbing her in the back."

Laster told 7 Action News it did not take long for others to jump into action.

"This guy came out of the store and he tackled her to the ground and we kept her there until police came," said Laster.

While Ballentine was arrested, witnesses stayed to make sure the victim was okay while they waited for ambulances.

"It's rare to see, but it's also nice to see because if they had not gotten involved she could have hurt the victim worse or took her purse and disappear and we may have never found her," said Sgt. Tim Abbo with the Bloomfield Police Department.  

"Surprising very surprising," said Leon LeDuff, who also sprang into action.  "I don't know how she thought she was going to get away with it.  This whole lot was practically full."

Laster, who is also a pastor, doesn't see himself as a hero. He told 7 Action News that all of the Good Samaritans were all grateful to be at the right place at the right time.

"The philosophy I believe in is to love they neighbor like you love thy self," said Laster.

Ballentine is in the Oakland County Jail.  Her bond has been set at $250,000 cash.

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