A 21-year-old Middleton woman was released from the Dane County Jail on Friday morning after posting $150 bail on charges she threatened other shoppers while waiting in line at the Toys R Us store, 7309 West Towne Way, which opened for Black Friday shopping at 10 p.m.
Police said Lanessa L. Lattimore tried to move to the head of a line of several hundred shoppers waiting for the Toys R Us store to open with special Thanksgiving night deals.
Other shoppers took offense, and Lattimore in turn threatened to get a gun and shoot the shoppers, police said. No gun was found, but she was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Larrimore has had previous encounters with the law; she is scheduled to appear Dec. 9 in Sauk County on two misdemanor charges of retail theft. She gave a Black Earth address when she was charged Nov. 10 and did not appear in court for an initial appearance Nov. 11. A summons was issued, according to court records.
In 2008, Lattimore pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of retail theft, and electronic court records list a series of speeding and other traffic offenses.
- Pat Simms