EVERETT — An Everett man defended himself with a baseball bat on Monday morning after a suspected thief wound up in his back yard.
The trouble began when a Snohomish man, 45, fled a QFC store on Evergreen Way just before noon, wheeling a shopping cart with more than $500 in groceries and merchandise, according to a police affidavit filed in Everett District Court on Tuesday.
He escaped after threatening a driver who tried to block his way with his car. That man and a QFC employee followed the suspect, trying to stop him.
When a neighbor learned about a thief in the area, he locked his garage and picked up a baseball bat. The suspect appeared and tried to grab the bat, but the man didn’t give up.
He was joined by the man who had followed the suspect from the store, police said. A fight ensued. The suspect allegedly assaulted the two men.
The suspect fled the scene when police arrived but later surrendered to officers.
He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of one count of second-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree assault.
Nobody was seriously hurt.
While police recommend that people act as witnesses if a crime is being committed, people also have a right to defend themselves, Everett police Sgt. Robert Goetz said.
Always remember to call 911 if you witness a crime. If you are not being threatened, however, fighting with a suspect just to stop him may not be “a lawful use of force,” Goetz said.
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