Shoplift Upgraded to Felony Robbery When Suspect Punches Employee

An accused shoplifter is now facing two felony charges after he allegedly punched a WinCo Foods employee when confronted about a theft.

According to Kennewick police, a loss prevention employee at the store on West Clearwater Avenue suspected 32-year-old Jordan Valentine of stealing and asked if he had any stolen merchandise on him.

Police say Valentine responded by punching the employee in the face, upgrading his crime from a simple theft to felony robbery. The employee was not seriously hurt.

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Officers arrived a short time later and arrested Valentine for the incident. They said he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, which is also a felony, at the time of the arrest.z

The suspect was booked at the Benton County jail on an investigative hold for second-degree robbery and possession of meth…

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