Smoothie shop worker Keisha Christmas accused of kidnapping
A fired Houston smoothie shop worker has been accused of kidnaping her former manager, forcing her to withdraw money from her bank account and threatening to push the woman into oncoming traffic — all with her teenage daughter in tow.
Kiesha Christmas had brought her 15-year-old daughter along for the violent rampage that unfolded on Dec. 13, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Post, the
A warrant for Christmas’ arrest was issued last week and she remained on the lam as of Wednesday.
The complaint, filed on Dec. 22, alleged that Christmas went with her teen daughter to the Smoothie King business in the 5300 block of Richmond Avenue in Houston to pick up a check.
The manager of the shop was temporarily away at the time, and in her absence, Christmas’ co-worker informed her that she was fired, allegedly for being late and missing work.
Christmas “got upset and started yelling,” according to the document. She then went behind the counter and opened the register.
At that moment the manager returned and found Christmas appearing “irate and upset.” She loudly demanded her last paycheck, which was given to her.
But the situation suddenly took a violent turn when Christmas allegedly grabbed her former boss by the neck and slammed her against the wall three times.
After repeatedly slapping the smoothie shop manager in the face, the 5-foot-4, 200-pound Christmas allegedly began choking the 5-foot-3, 116-pound woman “to the point when she could not breathe and started gasping for air,” the complaint stated.
The manager later told police that Christmas’ 15-year-old daughter witnessed the attack and was screaming at her mother to let her go.
As Christmas was assaulting the Smoothie King manager, she was quoted as yelling at her: “You’re not going to ruin my Christmas.”
Christmas then demanded money from the manager and forced her to walk across the street to a Wells Fargo bank and withdraw $200 from the ATM.
The complaint alleged that Christmas held onto the victim’s iPhone “as leverage” and threatened her, saying: “If you try to run, I’ll push you out into oncoming traffic.”
The victim said she complied with Christmas’ demands and handed her the money because she was in fear for her life.
After the victim was let go, she ran back to the Smoothie King, locked herself in the bathroom and called the police, but by then Christmas and her daughter had fled.
According to the victim, later that same day Christmas sent her several text messages, one of which included her home address, causing her to fear that the suspect “will go to the apartment to kill her.”
The store manager also told police that Christmas stole $7 in cash from her purse, as well as $34 from the store safe and another $40 from the cash register.
Christmas faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, robbery with bodily harm and retaliation. Her past criminal history includes an allegation of domestic violence.
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