Topless woman attacks mall security officer, officials say

Kaitlin Mackenzie Lawrence, photo via WSPA

GREENVILLE, SC — A security officer says he was attacked by a topless woman in the parking lot of a South Carolina mall.

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

After assisting with the vehicle, the guard drove by the woman, identified as 21-year-old Kaitlin Mackenzie Lawrence. She was wearing jeans but no shirt, officials said.

Lawrence 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 the suspect 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, officials said. 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.

Lawrence allegedly told officers she got into the security vehicle because she had been riding horses five years ago and she had fallen from a roof, reports say.

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

Officers say the suspect 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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