DOCUMENT: Bizarre, Crime

Motorist Crashes Into Walmart, Blames God

Police: Woman, 34, also warned rapture was nigh

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God & Walmart

APRIL 19--A South Carolina woman who last night crashed her car into a Walmart told police that God told her to do it, adding that the rapture was nigh.

According to police, Crystal Marshall, 34, intentionally drove her 2007 Ford Focus into the Walmart in Camden, a city 35 miles east of Columbia. Surveillance footage shows Marshall driving in the parking lot before she turned and plowed “directly into the building.”

When officers arrived on the scene around 8:30 PM, Marshall was standing in the middle of a crowd “screaming and causing a disturbance.”

Asked what happened, Marshall “began to speak of how the ‘rapture’ was coming,” a patrolman reported. The suspect added that, “God told her to do it,” police noted.

Seen above, Marshall was arrested for disorderly conduct and malicious injury to real property (police estimated that the crash caused $1000 in damages to Walmart).

Marshall, who was booked into the Kershaw County jail, was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident, according to the Camden Police Department. Investiators noted, however, that it was “unknown” whether Marshall had been using drugs. (2 pages)