ASHEVILLE NC Dec 5 2016- A man stabbed a security guard in the arm at a Home Deport Thursday.
At approximately 2:23 p.m., officers with the Asheville Police Department responded to the store at 795 Fairview Rd. in reference to a stabbing of a Loss Prevention Officer, said Wallace Welch, interim public information officer for the Asheville Police Department.
The investigation revealed an unknown, white male entered the Home Depot and removed several cordless drills and drill kits before exiting the store without paying for them, Welch said in a statement.
A Loss Prevention Officer attempted to stop the suspect and a physical altercation ensued.
During the altercation, the suspect produced a knife and stabbed the victim in the arm. The suspect then retreated to his vehicle which was occupied by an unknown, white female, he said.
Police say the suspect left the parking lot at a high rate of speed, driving a white, SUV-type vehicle. The security guard was transported to Mission Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Steve Coon at 1-828-271-6135 or crimestoppers at 1-828-255-5050.