Shoplifter pulls knife on security agents during Black Friday www.privateofficer.com
Robert Levi Stevens took off running after he pulled the knife from his pocket and thrust it at a security guard and other employees at the Walmart on Dana Drive, Redding police Sgt. Jay Guterding said.
Redding police officer Paul Harvey, who was in the parking lot on routine patrol when the call came in at 10:07 p.m., quickly took up the search, calling in a California Highway Patrol helicopter to help.
Guterding said Stevens was spotted from the air running west behind businesses along Highway 44. Officers on the ground captured him at the Churn Creek Road highway over crossing.
Guterding said that as he ran, Stevens left a trail of stolen clothes, which were found by police K-9 Yari after the arrest. In total, Stevens tried to steal $1,700 worth of merchandise, Guterding said.
Stevens was booked into the Shasta County jail. He was being held this morning in lieu of $50,000 bail on suspicion of robbery, burglary and possessing a controlled substance .
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