Ex-pastor accused of choking stranger’s baby at Walmart

Investigators say the man possibly was under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Oleh Zhownirovych is accused of choking a stranger's baby in Walmart. (WIBW via CBS News)
Oleh Zhownirovych is accused of choking a stranger's baby in Walmart. (WIBW via CBS News)

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A former pastor is accused of trying to choke a 4-month-old baby he didn’t know at a Kansas City-area Wal-Mart.

The Kansas City Star reports prosecutors in Kansas’ Johnson County charged 54-year-old Oleh Zhownirovych of Clinton, New Jersey, with felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor battery. It was not immediately clear if Zhownirovych has an attorney.

Overland Park police say a man walked up to a woman who was in a checkout lane early Wednesday and began choking her baby. The woman screamed, and the man stopped.

Police say people in the store helped the woman and held the man until officers arrived. The baby was not injured.

Investigators say the man possibly was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.