SPD responded to the 23rd and Madison Safeway last Sunday night after a security guard was pepper sprayed by a shoplifting suspect known to police and witnesses as a serial thief who was attempting to flee with a ripped-off box of laundry detergent.
According to a witness, the transgender suspect is a regular at the grocery store that serves southeast Capitol Hill and the Central District. Police were able to track down the suspect at a nearby apartment where they attempted contact but were yelled at and had a door slammed on them by the suspect and the alleged thief’s mother.
According to the report on the late night incident, the security guard was hit in the face with the spray in a scramble that followed his attempt to stop the suspect from leaving the store with the $14.99 box of detergent.
The report says officers decided not to attempt further contact with the suspect and mother that night and forwarded the case to the robbery unit for follow-up.
The security guard went to the hospital “due to the effects of the pepper spray,” according to the SPD report.