Police: Man attacks store employees after shoplifting attempt foiled

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LYNNWOOD, Wash. - Two grocery employees were injured over the weekend when an angry shoplifting suspect struck them with a shovel handle, according to police.

The incident began at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a 44-year-old man walked into the QFC store and attempted to steal some sandwiches, police said.

The man left the store when an employee spotted the theft attempt and told the man he needed to pay for the sandwiches.

About four hours later, the man returned to the store armed with a stick that appeared to be the handle of a gardening tool like a shovel.

The man went up to the employee who had confronted him earlier and hit him in the head with the stick, police said.

As the suspect fled, another employee tried to detain him. The suspect struck that employee with the stick as well.

The suspect was captured nearby by a K-9 police dog that was brought to the scene.

Both of the store employees were treated for cuts to the head and one also had a bruise to his arm.

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