Alleged Clallam Bay shoplifter in court Monday to face charges after duct-tape detainment

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A Kingston man is expected to be charged in Clallam County Superior Court on Monday with the attempted shoplifting of a six-pack of beer that left him bound in duct tape.

A bond of $250,000 was set Thursday for Alexander Greene, 28. He remained in the Clallam County jail over the weekend, booked for investigation of one count each of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and third-degree theft.

Clallam County Sheriff's deputies said Greene slashed an employee of Weel Road Deli at 17203 state Highway 112 above the left eye with a 4-inch knife Wednesday afternoon.

The employee, Cipriano Ojeda, had confronted Greene as he was leaving the store, saying he had not paid for the beer in his backpack, deputies said.

The two struggled. Ojeda disarmed Green and, with the help of an employee from a neighboring business, bound his hands and feet with duct tape, deputies said.

Jesse Espinoza, the Clallam County deputy prosecuting attorney assigned to the case, said he requested $250,000 as bond for Green because of a criminal history involving 14 past warrants and 27 criminal convictions, 11 of which are felonies, in multiple jurisdictions.

“Based on his criminal history, warrant history, seriousness of the case and risk to the community, I asked for $250,000,” Espinoza said in an email.

Superior Court Judge Christopher Melly set the bond at the amount Espinoza requested.

Sheriff's deputies arrived at the Weel Road Deli at about 1:30 p.m. to find Ojeda bound with duct tape on the sidewalk outside the deli.

The Sheriff's Office said a Clallam Bay Corrections Center officer and medics from Clallam County Fire District No. 5 also helped detain Greene until deputies arrived.

Ojeda had been taken to Forks Community Hospital via ambulance for the forehead wound, the Sheriff's Office said, and was later discharged.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: February 23. 2014 7:21PM
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