A Salina grocery store employee was hit in the head by an alleged shoplifter.
Police Captain Paul Forrester tells KSAL News that 32-year-old Shaun Brown was arrested on Monday evening after a series of events at the Dillons Grocery Store at 2350 Planet Avenue.
Police say about 8pm, a male employee noticed Brown leaving the business with a cart full of groceries that he did not pay for. He confronted the suspect in the parking lot who then asked the employee, “Can you let me go, just this one time?”
When the employee refused – Brown pulled a set of brass knuckles from his pocket, punched him in the head and then ran away without the groceries.
A witnesses’ cell phone video of the assault helped officers identify Brown as a possible suspect, who was later found near the Chapel Ridge Apartments.
Police say Brown wrestled with officers before being taken into custody. They also found him in possession of brass knuckles.
Authorities report the store employee had a cut and bruises on his head but did not require a trip to the hospital.
Brown is facing possible charges of aggravated battery, criminal use of a weapon and theft.