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Woman arrested in TV-smashing

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A woman was arrested by Salt Lake City police Thursday after a bizarre incident that included smashing of new TVs and other electronics at a store.

A woman entered Wal-Mart, 350 W. Hope Ave. (1405 South), just after 9 a.m., walked to the electronics department and "promptly picked up a television and smashed it to the ground," according to Salt Lake City police.

When the manager confronted the woman, she pulled out a knife, raised it above her shoulders as if she was going to strike and chased him away, said detective Jeff Bedard. She then "swiped at" another employee before going back and smashing another TV, he said.

The woman continued hurling electronic items to the floor until police arrived and arrested her, Bedard said. She tossed DVD players, clock radios and stereos in addition to the TVs, Bedard said.

Almost $10,000 in electronic equipment was damaged, he said.

The woman then cut both of her own wrists and lay down on the floor.

A 25-year-old Idaho Falls woman was taken to the hospital for an evaluation before being booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of second-degree felony mischief, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of a vehicle. Detectives say she apparently drove to Salt Lake in a vehicle stolen in Cache County. That vehicle and its rightful owner were located, Bedard said.