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Look out! Shoplift suspect hits two people as he flees scene

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 11, 2008 at 11:03 am with No Comments »
April 11, 2008 11:03 am

King County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man suspecting of shoplifting and hitting two people with his car as he got away.

"The force the suspect used to get away turned the misdemeanor shoplifting offense into a felony robbery," Sheriff’s Sgt. John Urquhart said.

The incident took place April 4 about 5:20 p.m. at Albertson’s, 20600 108th Ave. S.E., just east of Kent.

A store security officer followed the suspect to his car after seeing the suspect take several unpaid items from the store. The man got into his car, which had been waiting with the engine on, deputies reported. A woman was seated in the passenger seat.

The security officer tried to stop the man. The man quickly backed out of the parking stall, striking the security officer.

A 45-year-old Kent woman who was walking through the parking lot also was hit by the car and knocked to the ground, deputies said.

The woman and the officer suffered cuts and bruises. They were treated at the scene by fire department personnel.

The suspect was described as white, in his early 20s, about 5 feet 8 and 150 pounds. He wore a dark "Ecko" hoodie, khaki shorts and black high tops. He was driving a white Honda Accord with a damaged front bumper. The car also was missing the left rear hub cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311.

Our news partners, KIRO TV, have the raw surveillance video of the incident posted on its web site.

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