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Store Employee Tries to Stop Shoplifter, Gets Hit by Suspect’s Car

Posted at 4:52 AM, May 29, 2013

BYRON CENTER, Mich. – A store employee is recovering from minor injuries he received while trying to stop a shoplifter.

It started on Tuesday afternoon, when the Kent County Sheriff’s Office was called to a hit-and-run accident at the 76th Street Truck Stop in Byron Center.

Deputies arrived, and determined that the accident was related to a retail fraud that had just occurred.  According to witnesses, employees had confronted a juvenile male about stealing items from the store.

After the confrontation, the young suspect left the store and got into a car, as an employee followed behind.  The employee, identified as Jeremy Henshaw of Gaines Township, attempted to stop the suspect from leaving by standing in front of his vehicle.  The juvenile didn’t stop, and struck Henshaw as he drove away from the scene.  Henshaw suffered minor head and neck injuries.

Police have identified a suspect, and the case is being forwarded to prosecutors for review.