Ex-Smoothie King employee accused of choking, kidnapping and robbing former manager: ‘You’re not going to ruin my Christmas!’

A former Houston Smoothie King employee was reportedly so angry at losing her job that she attacked her manager, forced the woman to withdraw money from a bank across the street, and then robbed her and the store as well.

The manager whose name was blacked out statutory declaration, claimed to have first met Keshia Lynette Christmas, 34, about four months ago when she transferred to the Smoothie King location where Christmas worked. Over the months the two worked together, the manager became increasingly dissatisfied with Christmas’ work performance. The manager claimed Christmas repeatedly showed up late, when she showed up at all.

So on December 12, the manager called Christmas to tell her that she had been fired. Christmas didn’t answer so the manager left a voicemail message. The manager then left her usual Smoothie King location to head to another store. While she was away, Christmas walked into the store with her 15-year-old daughter in tow. Another employee then told Christmas that she had been fired, and Christmas allegedly then got angry. She started screaming and eventually ventured behind the counter and began searching the register, the report said.

When the manager returned, Christmas reportedly continued her tirade. She grabbed the manager by the neck, slammed her against the wall three times, and demanded her last paycheck. reports Claim.

“The applicant stated that the defendant kept screaming and screaming, but the only thing she understood was, ‘You are not going to ruin my Christmas,'” the affidavit reads. The report also states that Christmas, who weighs about 85 pounds more than her former manager, choked the woman so hard that “she couldn’t breathe and gasped.”

At one point, the suspect obtained possession of the woman’s phone and marched her across the street to a bank in Wells Fargo, threatening to “throw her into oncoming traffic” if she tried to run. The suspect’s daughter followed close behind. Then Christmas reportedly told the victim to withdraw $200 from the ATM, and the victim complied because she “feared for her life,” the report said. At that point, Christmas reportedly threw her phone back, and the manager ran back into the Smoothie King store, locked herself in the bathroom, and called the police.

Surveillance footage from the store appeared to confirm the manager’s story, police officers said. Allegedly, Christmas can be seen putting her hands on the manager’s neck, taking photos of cards from the manager’s purse, and searching the office safe. In all, the manager claimed $7 was missing from her purse, $34 from the store safe and $40 from the register.

There is also evidence that Christmas texted the manager after the incident, threatening to attack her again at her home. She is said to have even texted the manager the manager’s home address, allegedly to prove she knew where the woman lived.

Christmas remains at large for the time being but has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, robbery with assault and retaliation. At the time of incident, she was out on bail for a domestic violence allegation made in June. She was reportedly convicted of domestic assault in Minnesota in March.

The Christmas mugshot shown here is from a previous arrest.

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Laura Coffey

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