Trail RCMP report that an owner from Ferraro Foods was injured while subduing a suspected shoplifter. (Black Press file photo)

Shoplifting suspect charged with assaulting downtown Trail grocer

The suspect was released with conditions, said Sgt. Mike Wicentowich in a Feb. 1 news report

Police have released details on a criminal incident that happened in downtown Trail late Thursday.

The report from Sgt. Mike Wicentowich also explains a photo that circulated on social media just past 4:30 p.m. which showed the presence of RCMP cruisers blocking off the intersection of Farwell Street and Pine Avenue.

“On Jan. 31 at around 4:20 p.m. the Trail and Greater District RCMP Detachment were contacted by Ferraro Foods grocery store with a report of a male suspect for shoplifting and assaulting one of the owners,” Wicentowich reported Friday afternoon.

“The owner and another employee subdued the male suspect after the assault until the police officers arrived on scene,” he said. “The male suspect was arrested and taken into police custody for shoplifting and assaulting the owner.”

The owner received injuries from the incident to which he sought medical treatment.

The detachment is pursuing charges against the male suspect, who is scheduled for his first appearance at the Rossland Provincial Courthouse on April 4.

In the meantime, the suspect has been placed on conditions to have no contact with the owner and not to go to the Ferraro Foods grocery store.

“The Trail and Greater District RCMP Detachment and Joint Crime Reduction Unit will monitor this male suspect and his activities in the community closely,” added Wicentowich.

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