Knife-Wielding Ex-Home Depot Employee Goes on Rampage

Working retail can be a thankless job. Those who've endured a shift or two behind the till can vouch for that statement. But while it's undeniable that retail jobs can grate on the nerves, rarely does a situation like the one that erupted at a Home Depot in North Seattle Tuesday provide an illustration of just how frustrated and irate retail workers - or former retail workers - can become.

According to the Seattle Police Department's "Blotter Blog" and Det. Mark Jamieson, a 44-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning shortly after 11:15 a.m. when authorities received reports of a knife-wielding man going batshit crazy inside a store in the 11600 Block of Aurora Avenue North.

Local media outlets later identified the store as a Home Depot.

Jamieson says the man was a former employee of the business who had recently been fired.

The SPD "Blotter Blog" provides the following description of events:

The calls stated that the man was a former employee of the business, recently fired from his job. He was running around inside the store attempting to stab other employees. He had done damage inside the break room and armed himself with a knife and attempted to stab a female employee. The victim was able to run away and hide herself in a closet.

Upon arriving on the scene police were able to make contact with the man outside the store and he was reportedly taken into custody "without incident." Employees were able to positively identify him as the knife-wielding suspect, and he was later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault, threatening to kill, and causing property damage.

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