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Walmart sued after allowing girl to steal knife from store and stab Uber driver to death

By Mason White 4:43 PM June 29, 2017
Grant Nelson and Eliza Wasni
Grant Nelson and Eliza Wasni
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) Walmart was slapped with a lawsuit after an Uber driver was stabbed to death, according to court documents in Illinois.

The family of 34-year-old Uber driver Grant T. Nelson, claims that Walmart and its employees were negligent by allowing the murder suspect to steal the knife and walk out of the store without being stopped.

The lawyer representing the Nelson family told the court that the Walmart security guard at the door failed to stop 16-year-old Eliza Wasni, despite the fact that she took a knife and machete from a shelf without paying for the items.

According to the police investigation, Wasni of Chicago, took an Uber to Walmart, where police said that she was seen on video taking the machete and knife, and walking out the store without paying.

She then called another Uber to take her to another location.

However, two minutes into the trip, Wasni began hacking and stabbing the driver, who was identified as Nelson. He stopped in front of an apartment building, where he screamed for help.

Lincolnwood police responded to the scene at about 3:20 a.m. on Tuesday. They found Nelson of Wilmette, with multiple stab wounds.

He was rushed to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Meanwhile, the girl drove away with the car. She then struck a median and ran off.

Police officers found Wasni hiding behind a nearby office building with two weapons that are believed to have been used in the stabbing.

Wasni has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder.

Allied Universal, whose employees are security guards at Walmart, and Monterrey Security Consultants, which provided security at the store as well, were also named in the lawsuit.