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Young man accused of shoplifting, threatening officers at Gig Harbor grocery store

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Aug. 9, 2011 at 8:37 am |
August 9, 2011 8:37 am

Pierce County prosecutors have accused an 18-year-old man of shoplifting from a Gig Harbor store Friday, then threatening to kill the security officers and Gig Harbor police officers during his arrest.

William B. Stopoulos was arraigned Monday on charges of second-degree robbery and felony harassment.

Charging documents provide the following account:

Loss prevention officers spotted Stopoulos inside the QFC store, 5010 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W. He took some merchandise, then left the store without paying. (Charging documents do not say what he took.)

Officers contacted him outside. Stopoulos refused to come back inside the store and lunged at one of the loss prevention officers.

The officer avoided one blow but after he handcuffed Stopoulos, Stopoulos head butted the officer above the right eye.

Stopoulos threatened to kill the loss prevention officers and the Gig Harbor police officers who arrived at the scene.

He was taken to jail.

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