11:26 AM- Officers were dispatched to Harvard Street for a request for police following an assault and larceny at a store. Upon arrival an officer spoke with the store manager who reported a black male left the store with 5 bags containing produce. The suspect fled on a black bike with the bags on the handle bars and traveled up Vernon Street toward Park Street. This information was radioed to dispatch and multiple units were dispatched to the area in an attempt to locate the suspect. The reporting party also informed the officer that before the suspect left, he got into an altercation with an employee who witnessed the suspect placing items into his bag. The officer spoke with the employee who relayed he was in an aisle when he observed the suspect placing items into a bag. He began to follow the suspect down the aisle and stopped him outside. The employee looked into the bags and asked the suspect if he has a receipt which the suspect told him no. The employee attempted to hold the suspect for police by holding onto his bike, and in an attempt to get away the suspect struck the employee in the chest with a closed fist. The employee then let go of the bike. This case is being investigated.
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