A man armed with a collapsible baton and four knives was arrested after he allegedly fought back when confronted about stealing a jacket at the Goodwill on Dearborn June 25.
After hitting one of the security guards several times with the baton, guards tried to restrain the man. He then pulled a knife. Security was eventually able to restrain him until police arrived. The suspect got free and tried to run, but police caught him and arrested him.
On 6/25/11, at approximately 8:50 p.m., officers responded to the 1400 block of S. Lane St. to a business to investigate an armed robbery incident. Security at the business told officers that they stopped the suspect for shoplift after he exited the store without paying for a jacket.
To retain the stolen jacket, the suspect produced a collapsible metal baton and struck one of the security officers several times. Security wrestled the baton from the suspect, and attempted to restrain him. The suspect then produced a knife and began brandishing it at the security officers.
Security disarmed the suspect again and held him for officers. When the suspect heard police sirens he broke loose and fled. Officers pursued on foot and after a short struggle, took him into custody. The suspect was found to be in possession of four knives.
Some of the knives he possessed were styles used in knife fighting and one was concealed in an ankle sheath.
The 33-year-old man was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery
That’s quite the security force they’ve got themselves! They could be secret service after they retire from Goodwill. :O)
When Scott (and the late CD Guy) were transcribing East Precinct radio traffic from their scanner, you would read at least one Goodwill attempted theft a day.
Presumably the guards provide a useful service for Goodwill and also get good training for future employment.
About half the stops that come out of Goodwill are reported. The other half are not charged for policy reasons. On an average day about two to three shoplifters are detained, some days more. Around 50/60 plus stops a month. Most shoplifters come back peacefully, but as you read, not all play nice…