Manhunt underway for suspects after theft and brutal attack on security guard in another police-defunded city

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SEATTLE, WA – Police in Seattle are searching for two suspects involved in a suspected organized retail theft incident and attack on a loss prevention employee from the store where the theft occurred back in late June.

Authorities say the incident occurred at the Safeway located at 2201 E Madison Street on June 26th. A white female suspect with blonde hair entered the Safeway pushing an empty baby stroller that police say she filled up with various merchandise and exited the store with the items concealed.

A loss prevention employee from the Safeway followed the female suspect out of the store and approached her regarding the stolen merchandise.

That’s when detectives say a black male wearing a tank top approached the loss prevention employee and allegedly said:

“Anyone wants to take my shit, I’ll fucking shoot you.”

The male suspect reportedly brandished a firearm after making the threat, but later tossed the firearm into the stroller the female suspect concealed the stolen merchandise in and proceeded to attack the loss prevention employee.

After the scuffle ended between the employee and the male suspect, police say the male and female suspects headed northbound.

Approximately 15 minutes after the fight outside the store, the male suspect returned to the Safeway, wearing a dark blue Fila jacket, and asking employees about the whereabouts of the loss prevention employee. At that point, the loss prevention employee had already gone home for the day.

Detectives described the male suspect as being approximately 5 foot 5 inches and the female suspect standing roughly 5 foot 7 inches, both likely in their 20s or possibly 30s.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact Puget Sound Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text the information through the P3 Tips app.

Tipsters can also submit tips at www.P3Tips.com. Any tip that leads to an arrest and conviction is eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

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In other active investigations, federal authorities need help identifying two suspects involved in an armed robbery of a mail truck that occurred in Minneapolis earlier in July. 

We at Law Enforcement Today reported on the incident that transpired in the police-defunded city. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Local police and federal investigators are working together to locate the suspects who reportedly robbed a mail truck during the afternoon of July 13th.

According to reports, the robbery of the mail truck happened within the 3000 block of North 4th Street in Minneapolis. The carrier that was inside of the mail truck at that time was reportedly not injured during the incident.

U.S. Postal Inspector Charlie Adams found the brazen robbery of the mail carrier inside of the truck to be particularly off putting and out of the norm for what they normally investigate in mail theft crimes:

“They are precious to our community because they are a part of our community because they are here every day. We get the packages stolen from porches and maybe somebody goes inside the trucks but I’ve never heard of a mail carrier being robbed.”

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service are still investigating the incident, noting that only the preliminary phase has been tackled as of this point. Seeing that instances of mail theft fall under the radar of federal authorities, federal investigators are leading the search for the suspects.

Officials say they’re looking for three black male suspects, two of which were caught on video. The two suspects caught on camera are believed to be anywhere between 16 to 20-years-old with thin builds, standing roughly 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall.

The vehicle that the suspects were driving during the incident was described as a silver Lincoln with tinted windows, a black sunroof and hub wheels.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact authorities, with officials saying there’s up to a $50,000 reward for tips that lead to an arrest and conviction for those responsible.

Those with details on the case can contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455 and reference case Number 3421717.

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In other cases from Minneapolis, we at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on a shooting incident that left a 3-year-old boy in serious condition and injured another adult male. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in July. 

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A 3-year-old boy is in serious condition after being among those struck by gunfire in north Minneapolis on July 9th, with authorities noting that an adult male was also injured during the shooting.

Officials have stated that the child is expected to survive their sustained injuries.

Minneapolis Police were said to have responded to the 3300 block of Emerson Avenue North shortly before 10:00 p.m. on July 9th after several 911 calls came in about gunshots going off in the area. Upon arrival, police had found the 3-year-old boy who had been shot during the incident.

According to Minneapolis Police spokesperson John Elder, the young boy had been playing outside when he was shot in the leg. Responding officers were said to have applied a tourniquet as paramedics were several minutes away at the time, with the child reportedly having suffered a damaged artery from the shooting.

Elder stated that the officers drove the child to the hospital themselves, so as to expedite proper treatment:

“Those officers picked up that child and ran to their squad car and one cradled the child while the other officer drove lights and sirens to North Memorial Hospital.”

Officials stated that an adult male arrived at the hospital that same evening, receiving treatment for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo also spoke during the press conference related to the shooting, highlighting the alarming level of gun crimes and violence that are impacting the black community in Minneapolis:

“The violence our city has been enduring has to stop. Enough is enough. I go before our elected [officials], and our community members, they have the statistics every week about our homicide victims and our gunshot wound victims.”

“I want you all to know right now, the biggest threat to public safety – and in particular our African American community – is not the police. It is not the police. We have an epidemic right now of unequivocal gun violence, particularly in African American communities.”

Chief Arradondo added that he remains “hopeful” and “optimistic” with regard to this city, but noted that this level of violence needs to come to an end:

“I remain hopeful, I remain optimistic, but this violence must stop. Our children are our most precious resources. They should not be wounded by gunfire. That should never happen. No parent should ever have to think about burying their child.”

No suspects have been arrested as of this time, but police say that they have some “very strong leads” in the case.

Charletta Mosley, who lives in the area where the gunfire rattled off, described the incident and how her own home was struck during the shooting:

“Several struck my home, one entered my child’s bedroom. We moved away from Chicago to get away from the violence and to have this occur so close to home, it’s very disheartening.”

Apparently, a portion of the gunfire was captured on one local resident’s Ring doorbell camera.

This is an active investigation. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further details on this developing case. 

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In Wisconsin, a disturbing assault of an elderly woman occurred at a Walmart, where police say the 70-year-old victim was brutally beaten by a 17-year-old store employee. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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MOUNT PLEASANT, WI – Police arrested a 17-year-old Walmart employee earlier in July for allegedly beating a 70-year-old woman after the victim complained to the employee’s manager about an interaction they had with the suspect inside of the store.

According to the victim, store employees apparently already knew that the suspect had a temper that could lead to violent outbursts prior to the attack.

On July 7th, 70-year-old P.K. Shader went to the Walmart located off of Oakes Road and Durand Avenue. During her trip, Shader had gotten into some sort of verbal dispute with an employee, identified as 17-year-old Jazareia Velasquez.

Shader had asked to speak with Velasquez’s manager, which Shader said that the manager was relatively unhelpful and even witnessed Velasquez and her during portions of their negative interaction:

“The manager was right there watching the interaction. She [Velasquez] left and I looked at the manager and I said do you let her talk to all your customers like that? I didn’t get a reply. As I was leaving, I thought I really want to know what her name is because I want to send it to corporate.”

Apparently, Shader didn’t see a nametag on Velasquez, so she went to go take a picture of her so that she could have a means to identify the employee when contacting corporate. However, Shader attempting to snap a photo of Velasquez apparently set the suspect off:

“She went crazy she flew and she punched me fist right here, over and over again.”

When the Mount Pleasant Police Department arrived on the scene of the incident, officers were said to have reviewed surveillance footage from the Walmart that showed Velasquez attacking the Shader as she was holding up her phone as if to take a picture.

While reports indicate that an unnamed employee eventually intervened and got Velasquez off of Shader, the victim noted her shock over the lack of people coming in to help her when she was initially attacked.

Another aspect that concerns Shader is that, according to her, other employees knew that Velasquez was a “loose cannon” and yet she was allowed to remain working there with other knowing her propensity to lash out:

“What if it was your grandmother, what if it was your mother? The managers knew she was a loose cannon. The first manager said nothing. The second one told me. So why did they keep an employee like that? That’s a bigger problem than not having security.”

Shader hopes that this incident perhaps motivates others to step in when they see others being harmed or mistreated:

“I just want to tell people, pull out your phone, give somebody a break. No one’s asking you to dive in and be hurt but pull out your phone and document it and yell and call the police.”

Velasquez has since been charged with aggravated battery to an elderly person and disorderly conduct, which she has her next court appearance scheduled for July 15th.

Walmart has released a statement regarding the incident, noting that the suspect has been “suspended” from her job:

“We want all of our customers to have a pleasant shopping experience in our stores. The associate involved has been suspended, and we continue to assist law enforcement in the ongoing investigation.”

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