A man wanted for rape and eluding police before taking refuge in the Pleasant Hill Nordstrom Rack was taken into custody by store Loss Prevention officers around noon Wednesday.
Details of the capture remain sketchy and the overall scenario is confusing as police said earlier in social media releases that they believed the man had donned other clothing and escaped with store employees when the store was evacuated by police Tuesday evening.
That didn’t quite add up but, you know, we rolled with it until photographer Craig Cannon reported police activity at the rear of the store around noon Wednesday, long after the majority of police had apparently folded their tents and left the scene.
Turns out that Pleasant Hill police deployed a detective to remain in the store after tactical officers cleared the scene on the off chance the suspect was still inside. When the store opened Wednesday the suspect dropped from the ceiling and Loss Prevention staff tackled him as he tried to flee. The Pleasant Hill detective made the arrest official.
Brief glimpses of the still unidentified suspect have shown him in a new sweater, reportedly taken from the store inventory, during his overnight stay.