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Suspect Arrested after Punching; Trying to Pull Hatchet on Store Employees

A Coos County (Oregon) man was arrested Sunday after police were called to a local store to deal with a reported shoplifter, Coos Bay Police Department reports. Just after 5 PM on Sunday, April 5, police arrived at the Coos Bay Bi-Mart after employees called and reported they were struggling with a shoplifter.

During the investigation, police learned that 21-year-old Blayne Stone, of Coos Bay, stole several items and then became confrontational with employees when they stopped him as he was leaving the store.

“Stone punched one employee in the face and tried to pull a hatchet to fend off the employees who were trying to recover the stolen merchandise,” CBPD said. “Luckily, the hatchet was knocked away from Stone’s grasp and picked up by another employee.”

All the employees fled back into the store to get away from Stone, the report said. Stone followed the employees back into Bi-Mart and continued to threaten them as he kept trying to get the hatchet. Police arrived and took Stone into custody. One employee suffered minor injuries during the confrontation…  KPIC4 News

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