Alleged thief tries to stab loss prevention worker

LANCASTER – A 59-year-old man was arrested Thursday afternoon after he alleged tried to steal from a grocery store, attempted to stab a worker who tried to stop him and then led deputies on a brief car chase, authorities said.

Alex Navarro was arrested around 1:30 p.m. Thursday for assault with a deadly weapon and booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

The arrest stemmed from an incident that happened around 1 p.m. at Superior Grocers at 1010 East Avenue J in Lancaster, according to Sgt. Robbie Royster of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

Navarro allegedly entered the grocery store, took several items from the shelves and tried to leave the store without paying, Royster said.

When Navarro was stopped by store loss prevention, he produced a knife and began attempting to stab the employee, Royster said.

The employee was able to avoid being stabbed before Navarro fled from the parking lot in a black Mazda 626.

Lancaster deputies spotted the vehicle on East Avenue I and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Navarro refused to yield to deputies and a short vehicle pursuit ensued, according to Royster.

Navarro drove toward his home near the 45400 Block of Rodin Street, and then ran from his vehicle and hid in a nearby backyard, Royster said.

He was captured after deputies contained the neighborhood. The ongoing investigation is being handled by the Lancaster Detective Bureau.

Navarro remains jailed on $30,000 bail and is due in court Monday.

  8 comments for “Alleged thief tries to stab loss prevention worker

  1. The Anti-REX
    April 13, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Maybe the government should require background checks for purchasing knifes. I’m sure that if we had background checks this this would have been prevented.

    • Yo Mama
      April 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Ha! That’s funny!

    • Not Enthused
      April 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Actually, they should close all the stores. I mean, come on! They leave all of that stuff right out there on the shelves, just TEMPTING people to take it! How can we expect people to be law-abiding when they leave all of that stuff out? It’s crazy!

  2. gladys
    April 12, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    I think a good portion of the population has lost their damn minds or they are doing bath salts. Something seems “off”.

  3. sikntired
    April 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    What the heck is going on in Lancaster lately? Now I am getting worried about going there at all, jeesh.

    • Mike
      April 13, 2013 at 2:49 am

      Close projects in LA,+ Get vouchers to move to AV = Increased crime rate all over

      • Yo Mama
        April 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm

        Here, here…

    • Yo Mama
      April 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Well, don’t.

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