PASCO WA March 13 2012 A Pasco man is behind bars on $20,000 bail on allegations he hit a store security officer who was trying to stop him from taking two quarts of oil.
John Fredrick Hunt, 45, pleaded innocent in Franklin County Superior Court to third-degree assault.
Court documents show that at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 25, Hunt walked into Rite Aid on Fourth Avenue and grabbed the two quarts. He had caught the attention of store security because he was in “an extreme hurry,” and when he came out of the aisles he no longer had the items in his hands, documents said.
Hunt left through the store’s front door, and was followed outside by store security and the manager.
He stopped for the security officer and spread his arms out like wings, and that is when the officer saw the two quarts in Hunt’s coverall chest pockets, court documents said.
Hunt handed the containers over to security, and once his own hands were free, he tried to hit the officer on the head with his open palm, documents said.
The store manager reportedly saw the attack coming and grabbed onto Hunt to slow him down. At the same time, the security officer was trying to dodge the strike, so he ended up with just “a glancing blow,” court documents said.
Hunt fell to his hand but didn’t completely go down. He then took off running, and at the same time was removing the top layer of his clothes to change his appearance, documents said.
However, store employees followed Hunt and gave his new clothing description to police, who were able to track down Hunt within the block.
Hunt’s trial is scheduled to start April 25.