Shoplifter attacks security with hatchett

Waterloo Oct. 23, 2007

A 24-year-old man is facing theft and weapons charges after he waved a hatchet at Wal-Mart security officers who suspected him of shoplifting. The incident happened at the store on Ottawa Street South on Thursday at about 7 p.m., Waterloo police said. Officers were called to the store after loss-prevention officers tried to make contact with the man, but were driven back when he started swinging a hatchet that he pulled from his jacket, police said. The man ran from the store, but was found a short time later by police. He was taken into custody without further incident and arrested. The hatchet and stolen property were recovered. The man, who has no fixed address, faces a number of charges including possession of a dangerous weapon, assault with a weapon, theft and carrying a concealed weapon. No one was hurt in the incident.

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