SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--A 62-year-old man was arrested after stealing items from a Spokane Valley Fred Meyer.
Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputies responded to the robbery call at the Fred Meyer near Sprague and Sullivan Monday. Deputies said the suspect, William Quealy had banned from the store for causing problems in the past. A loss prevention officer notified a deputy when he recognized Quealy inside the store.
The loss prevention officer said he watched Quealy pick up two cans of beer and then walk over to the deli section. The officer said he continued to watch Quealy take cheese and other items and walk out of the store without paying. The officer then said he contacted Quealy outside the store and asked him to return inside.
Deputies said the loss prevention officer stated Quealy walked away, but he stood in his path. When he looked down he saw Quealy was holding what he described as a box knife approximately six inches from his stomach, according to deputies. The loss prevention officer said he moved out of the way and told other customers outside to get away from Quealy.
Several other deputies were in the area and one of them found Quealy across the street at Wendy’s. The deputy arrested Quealy and he was booked into jail on the felony charges of Robbery, Assault and Burglary.