Conway man allegedly tried to run over, stab a man


A Conway man has been charged with three felonies for allegedly attacking a black man in the parking lot of Walmart in Lebanon last week.

Steven Scott Pennington, 53, has been charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon after he allegedly threatened a Florida man with a knife and attempted to strike the man with his vehicle. The 28-year-old victim reported to police that Pennington used a racial slur prior to the attack.

According to a probable cause statement from the Lebanon Police Department, three Lebanon Police officers responded to Walmart at about 6 p.m. on Sept. 3 in regard to an assault. When the officers arrived, a group of people gestured to them, then directed them toward the victim, who was standing in front of a tractor trailer. The officers observed that the man was holding a grocery bag of food.

The man told police that he was a truck driver from Orlando, Fla., and that he was on a delivery route through Lebanon. He reported that he stopped at Walmart to purchase snack food and an energy drink. The man said that he was walking across the parking lot while leaving the store when a white man pulled alongside him in a red SUV and asked if he had stolen merchandise from the store. The white man was later identified as Pennington.

The victim told police that he did not fully hear or understand what was said, so he asked Pennington to repeat himself. Pennington allegedly repeated the accusation of theft, this time adding a racial slur. The victim reported to law enforcement that he told Pennington he had not stolen anything, and Pennington then repeated the racial slur.

The victim told police that Pennington attempted to hit him with his vehicle several times. The victim reported that he struck Pennington’s vehicle with his bag of snacks and began moving back toward his tractor trailer, but Pennington “pursued” him in his vehicle, then stopped and got out of the vehicle, and came after the victim with a knife.

The victim reported to police that he continued to retreat to his truck, and several witnesses approached to help. Once the witnesses arrived, Pennington allegedly turned away from him and walked back toward his vehicle.

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