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Police: Estranged husband, wife assaulted each other in Walmart parking lot

By Jonathan McFadden
jmcfadden@heraldonline.com
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ROCK HILL A mother and father were both arrested Friday after police say an argument over their daughter’s birthday escalated into a brawl outside a Rock Hill Walmart.

Police were sent to Manchester Village Shopping Center after receiving calls about a domestic incident at the Dave Lyle Boulevard Walmart, according to a Rock Hill police report. They met with Zachary McCorkle, 25, of Chester, who told police his estranged wife, Melanie McCorkle, 20, pushed him while inside Walmart after becoming angry about a situation concerning their daughter’s first birthday. He told police she followed him into the parking lot and slapped him across the face.

When Zachary McCorkle put his hands up to block her assault, he said she slipped and fell on the ground. Two other women with Zachary McCorkle at the time confirmed his account of events, the report states.

Police went to Walmart and spoke with Melanie McCorkle, of Fort Mill, who claimed she tried to leave soon after the argument ensued. She claimed he followed her into the parking lot and threatened to harm her. That’s when he began shoving her, pushing her to the ground, the report states. Another woman confirmed Melanie McCorkle’s story.

Walmart’s assistant manager showed police surveillance footage of the incident, which does not show a confrontation inside a store. The parking lot camera, though, showed Zachary McCorkle “being verbally aggressive” and then Melanie McCorkle hitting him in the face and trying to kick his legs. Zachary McCorkle backed away, but then turned around and “got back in Melanie’s face,” the report states.

Melanie McCorkle swung her fists at her estranged husband, who then pushed her to the ground. He got in a sedan with two other women and two juveniles. Police arrested both Melanie and Zachary McCorkle, charging them both with first-degree criminal domestic violence. By Monday morning, Zachary McCorkle was held at the York County Detention on a $5,000 bond. Melanie McCorkle was released from jail on a $2,100 bond.

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