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Armed bystander halts shoplifters’ knife attack on Raley’s employee, deputies say

Booking photo of Brandon Smith, Dec. 30, 2018. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office announced on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon the Dec.30 arrests of Smith and Elizabeth Almand who allegedly attempted to stop a Raley’s employee in Loomis after the employee tried to stop them from shoplifting.
Booking photo of Brandon Smith, Dec. 30, 2018. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office announced on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon the Dec.30 arrests of Smith and Elizabeth Almand who allegedly attempted to stop a Raley’s employee in Loomis after the employee tried to stop them from shoplifting. Placer County Sheriff's Office

An armed bystander halted two suspects after they attacked a Raley’s employee in Loomis who tried to stop them from shoplifting, authorities say.

Elizabeth Almand, 23, and Brandon Smith, 25, both of Santa Cruz County, were arrested by deputies Dec. 30 after the pair attempted to stab the loss-prevention employee who confronted them when they walked out of the store after they were seen shoplifting, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

Smith drew a knife on the employee when the confrontation got physical and cut the employee’s finger, the Sheriff’s Office said. The two fought over the weapon, but Almand grabbed the knife and Smith yelled at her to stab the employee, the post said.

Deputies said a bystander who witnessed the attack and was carrying a registered concealed weapon drew his gun and ordered Almand to drop the knife, which she did.

The bystander, whose concealed-carry permit was issued in Calaveras County, prevented Almand from retrieving the knife until law enforcement arrived, authorities said.

Placer County sheriff’s deputies, assisted by the California Highway Patrol, arrested Smith and Almand, according to the post.

Deputies said they discovered Almand and Smith shoplifted $50 worth of items. Both face charges of robbery and conspiracy, the Sheriff’s Office said. Smith faces an additional charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

The pair are being held at South Placer County Jail.

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