Generally speaking, law enforcement recommends that citizens and/or store clerks avoid confronting armed criminals. It's risky. But when it does happen - and it goes the way it went at a Walgreens in Spokane early this morning - it's hard to deny it's pretty freakin' awesome.
As the Spokesman-Review reports, around 12:50 a.m. this morning a female Walgreens employee encountered and confronted a suspected shoplifter - later identified as 25-year-old Richard D. Edmonds - drawing a knife from Edmonds in response. But a situation that could have been tragic instead turned humorous, and the store clerk emerged with the last laugh.
Instead of cowering or retreating at the sight of the knife-wielding shoplifter, as probably would have been more prudent, the female clerk took matters into her own hands ... or hand, rather ... by punching the man in the face.
According to the Spokesman-Review: "[The shoplifter] dropped the knife. She picked it up, and he ran off."
More from the Spokesman-Review:
Police found a man nearby, in the 200 block of E. Glass Avenue, wearing an item that allegedly had been stolen: a black stocking cap with tassels, a news release from the Spokane Police Department said.
Edmonds was jailed on suspicion of robbery, and was probably a little embarrassed.
In his defense, a stocking cap with tassels does sound hard to resist.