South Hill Mall loss prevention agent stabbed during shoplifting www.privateofficer.com
Puyallup WA Feb 29 2012 Police arrested two teenagers Monday night after a shoplifting went awry at the South Hill Mall.
One of the teens is suspected of stabbing a loss prevention officer in the abdomen, Puyallup police Capt. Dave McDonald said. The 21-year-old victim was taken to Tacoma General Hospital and went into surgery for a non-life threatening injuries.
The incident occurred about 7 p.m. Monday. Two loss prevention officers inside Macy’s spotted the two teens, a 17-year-old boy from University Place and an 18-year-old man from Pierce County, take some clothes and leave the store without paying, McDonald said.
The officers confronted the teens outside. Officers suspect the 17-year-old boy stabbed one of the loss prevention officers in the abdomen.
The two were taken into custody with the help of two off-duty Puyallup Tribal police officers who were in the area, McDonald said.
Puyallup police booked the 17-year-old boy into Remann Hall juvenile jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery and first-degree assault. The 18-year-old man was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of shoplifting.