Staff Reporter Ken Armstrong
A man and woman, both 22, were taken into custody Friday night on suspicion of committing a robbery that won’t exactly summon memories of Bonnie and Clyde.
Shortly after 10 p.m., security officers at a Safeway grocery in the 2200 block of East Madison Street spotted the man leaving the store with a substantial haul of alcohol for which he had not paid, according to Seattle police.
“It was over $500 worth, but I don’t know if they were going for the top-shelf stuff or not,” Seattle police Det. Mark Jamieson said.
As the man started putting the booze in a waiting car, the security officers approached and identified themselves. The man responded by biting a guard on the arm and striking him in the chest, police said. A woman in the car then got out and pepper-sprayed both of the security officers, police said.
With the help of witnesses, the officers handcuffed the man and restored order just as police arrived, Jamieson said.
Both security guards were treated at the scene for injuries. Both suspects were booked into the King County Jail on investigation of robbery.