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Spokane Valley Mall guard left with bite wound after fight with teen shoplifters, sheriff says

After attempting to shoplift at the Spokane Valley Mall Macy’s Wednesday afternoon, two teenagers got in a fight with Macy’s security, leaving one guard with bite wounds.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Department received a report that two teens who had previously shoplifted from the store attempted to leave with stolen merchandise around 1 p.m., said Cpl. Mark Gregory.

When the suspects ran away, one security guard reached out to grab a backpack that contained the merchandise, Gregory said. That’s when a physical fight reportedly began between the teens and the security.

“During that physical violent fight, the loss prevention employee was bitten,” Gregory said.

The employee sought medical attention for the bite after the altercation, Gregory said.

“Two good Samaritans actually assisted in getting the male off of the loss prevention officer,” Gregory said.

After the fight, the teens ran out of the mall before being found by law enforcement.

The teens were uncooperative with deputies but were eventually detained and charged with robbery second degree, Gregory said. The male teenager was also charged with assault in the fourth degree. Additional charges could be added at a later date, Gregory said.