Police and medic units responded to the Harvard QFC early Sunday morning after a man attempting to shoplift unknown merchandise punched a cashier before escaping from the store on foot.
The incident drew fire and police response to Pike at Broadway just after midnight as officers searched the area for a tall, heavyset black male wearing all black and carrying a green backpack.
We have no details on the extent of the employee’s injury. Shoplift reports at the store are a regular occurrence with occasional incidents like this one that flare into cases of strong arm robbery when a suspect becomes violent and attempts to fight security or staff. The last strong arm report at the Harvard store was October 22.