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Sheriff’s deputies searching for man who stole shoes, threatened to stab JCPenney employee in late November

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who threatened to stab a retail employee in late November.

On Nov. 28, an employee at JCPenney located in the Spokane Valley Mall on Indiana Avenue, tried to stop the man from stealing a pair of shoes, a sheriff’s news release states. While she was confronting him, the man apparently pushed her backward into the doors leading to the parking lot, and raised his arm as he told her he would stab her.

Pictures provided to the sheriff’s department of the alleged robber depict a white male in his late 20s or early 30s. He is wearing a blue Spokane Chiefs beanie hat with black sunglasses, and a black jacket with a red jacket underneath.

Deputy Mark Gregory, a spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, said the photos were only recently available to the department, which is why it has taken several months for their investigation to get fully up and running.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Marc Melville at (509) 477-3325 and reference incident number 2016-10025770.

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