Anyone who thinks that "loss prevention specialists" (a.k.a. security guards) at grocery stores have easy jobs should talk to David Morrison, the head of security at Fred Meyer in Longview. But just wait to talk to him until he's out of emergency surgery.
Longview police spokesman Ofc. Chuck Davis tells Seattle Weekly that Morrison was working around noon on Monday when he saw a 31-year-old unidentified suspect steal four items: a Marilyn Manson CD (album unknown, hopefully Smells Like Children), a bike inner-tube, a bike lock, and a quart of oil.
Police say Morrison attempted to detain the man, and that's when the hatchet came out.
"He swung at Morrison with hatchet, severing the lower half of his left ear," Davis says. "The ear was recovered and the victim was taken to [Oregon Health & Science University] for surgery to his ear."
Davis says that police know who the suspect is, but are not identifying him yet. The man apparently left the stolen items in a cart after cutting the guard, then he fled in a Honda Accord, which was recovered later and will be searched today.
Once caught, the man will face a barrage of felony charges, including robbery and assault.
It's unclear whether doctors were able to reattach the man's ear.