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Sheriff's deputies searching for man who threatened JCPenney employee

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Major Crimes detectives are searching for a man suspected of stealing a pair of sneakers and threatening to stab a JCPenney employee.

On November 28, 2016, a store employee noticed the suspect put on a pair of Nike Air Mavin sneakers and walk out of the store.

When the employee confronted the suspect, she identified herself as a JCPenney Assets Protection Associate and asked the man to go back inside the store. The man stated that he wouldn't go back and she couldn't do anything about it. She repeated the request, this time grabbing the man's wrist. The suspect then grabbed her arm and pushed her into the doors to the parking lot. The employee kept hold of the suspect's arm and the suspect yelled for her to let go or he would stab her. 

The employee let go of his arm. He ran from the store and made his getaway on a bicycle.

The JCPenney employee denied medical attention.

If you can help identify the suspect, call Detective Marc Melville at 509-477-3325. The incident number is 2016-10025770.