Natural Pantry employees assaulted during robbery attempt
An Anchorage man is facing a slew of charges after a run-in with two grocery store employees who confronted him for concealed merchandise.
Wednesday around 11:30 a.m., Anchorage Police were called to Natural Pantry on Barrow Street in Midtown.
Investigators say 29-year-old Quinn Lane was confronted by two employees who reported witnessing Lane conceal merchandise and exit the building without paying. The employees identified themselves to Lane, APD says, who responded by punching the first employee in the face--prompting employee #1 to take Lane to the ground.
Lane thrashed around, fighting apprehension, police say. During the mayhem, the first employee saw a crowbar inside Lane's pants and was able to safely retrieve it and throw it out of reach. Meanwhile, the second employee was able to get one of Lane's hands in cuffs, but with his free hand, APD says Lane attempted to grab an object from his waistband-- which employees initially thought was a gun-- but was thwarted by the employees.
The item turned out to be a large knife, investigators say, which was again thrown out of Lane's reach.
During the whole ordeal, Lane made death threats towards the Natural Pantry employees, APD says.
APD arrived and Lane continued to be combative as officers took him into custody.
Both employees suffered minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises, but both declined medical attention.
Lane, meanwhile, was arrested and charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault, third-degree assault and theft and first-degree robbery.
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