Looking to ID Suspect who Threatened to Stab Store Employee
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is asking for your help identifying the male suspect in these photos. The suspect stole a pair of Nike Air Mavin shoes and threatened to stab the store employee when she tried to stop him.
On November 28, 2016, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a JC Penny Assets Protection Associate in Spokane Valley attempted to stop the suspect after she observed him put on a pair of Nike Air Mavin shoes and walk out of the store.
The employee told the responding deputy, she noticed the suspect carrying a large bag and placing several boxes of shoes in a cart. As she watched the male, she observed him put on a pair of red and white Nike Air Mavin shoes before placing his old shoes in the shoe box. The suspect placed several additional items in his cart as he moved throughout the store. He walked to a checkout stand and placed all the items from the cart onto the check stand counter before he walked toward the exit still wearing the shoes he hadn’t purchased.
The employee contacted the male in a store vestibule, identified herself as a JC Penny Assets Protection Associate and asked the suspect to go back inside. The male said he didn’t do anything and she couldn’t make him go back. She asked him again while taking ahold of his wrist. The suspect grabbed her arm pushed her backward into the doors leading to the parking lot. She kept a grasp of the suspects arm as he yelled for her to let go and threatened to stab her if she didn’t. The suspect raised his arm as he told the victim he had something in his hand and he would take it out and stab her.
Not knowing if the suspect was armed with a weapon and fearing for her safety, she let go of his arm. He ran outside and fled the location on a bicycle.
The employee declined medical attention and was able to provided pictures of the suspect.
If you can help identify this suspect or have any information regarding this crime, you are urged to call Detective Marc Melville at 509-477-3325 reference incident number 2016-10025770.