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Police are asking for help identifying a man accused of holding a knife to a Safeway employee’s throat. The employee approached the man about stealing items from the store at 2507 W. Wellesley Ave. when he was attacked Jan. 4 about 4:30 p.m., police said today. The thief threatened to slit the employee’s throat and fled on a bicycle with a pocket knife in his hand. The victim described the man as in his late 30s and wearing a dark beanie, button-up flannel shirt and grayish tan Carhartt jacket. Police released a surveillance photo of the man today. Anyone with information on his identity is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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