LOOMIS (CBS13) – Authorities are crediting a CCW holder with helping stop the violent assault of a Raley’s security guard.
The incident happened Sunday night at the Raley’s grocery store in Loomis.
According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, 25-year-old Brandon Smith and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Elizabeth Almand, were reportedly seen shoplifting from the store. A loss prevention employee confronted the couple – starting a fight between the guard and Smith.
Smith is suspected of pulling out a knife and cutting the guard’s finger. A struggle ensued and Almand is suspected of taking the knife.
At some point during the struggle, Smith reportedly shouted for Almand to stab the employee. This prompted a Good Samaritan to intervene.
The Good Samaritan was a registered CCW holder out of Calaveras County. He Yelled at Almand to drop the knife and she did; he also blocked her from getting the knife back before law enforcement officers could show up.
Both Smith and Almand were soon arrested. Deputies reportedly found about $50 worth of items stolen from the store.
The pair is now facing numerous charges, including robbery, conspiracy and assault with a deadly weapon.