Felony charges have been leveled against a man who pulled a knife on Walmart security, a knife he stole while in the store.
The suspect, Joshua D. Dishman, 25, is charged with shoplifting and aggravated assault for the incident that happened Sunday night at the local Walmart store. He could face up to six years in prison if convicted.
Dishman faces the charges after a member of Walmart loss prevention saw him conceal an audio speaker.
“I saw him in the electronics department select a speaker and then go to the tool department where he placed the speaker inside his jacket pocket and place the empty package back on the shelf,” the loss prevention officer said in the warrant against Dishman. “He then continued to the sporting goods section and selected a knife and again went to the tool department where he removed the knife from the package it was in and placed it in his right rear pants pocket.”
Dishman then made for the door, heading out through the garden section. The loss prevention officer tried to stop him once he stepped outside the door. It was at that point the shoplifter turned on the officer.
“It was at that time he pulled an open blade knife from his pocket in a threatening manner and pointed it at me,” the officer swore in his warrant.
“I told you not to put your hands on me!” the suspect exclaimed after the officer tried to stop him.
He then threw the speaker he had stolen moments before at the officer saying, “You can have it back.”
Dishman then walked away from the scene of the incident and headed toward Westside Manor. Police were tipped to his destination and intercepted him at West End where they ordered him to the ground and took him into custody.
The cost of the stolen items was just under $100.