A 39-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to nearly seven years in prison for robbing the Grand Central Fred Meyer store in Vancouver and repeatedly stabbing a security guard who tried to stop him.
Ryan C. Shook of Vancouver pleaded guilty Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court to first-degree robbery and second-degree assault in exchange for the prosecutor dropping a first-degree assault charge.
Shook swiped some beer May 10 from the store at 2500 Columbia House Blvd. When security guard Aaron Grimme, 22, confronted him, Shook whipped out a knife and stabbed Grimme twice in the chest, said Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield. He then fled the scene.
"He's lucky, actually, to be alive in this case," Banfield said of Grimme.
Banfield and Shook's attorney, Bob Yoseph, jointly recommended a sentence of 81 months. Judge David Gregerson accepted the recommendation.
"It's amazing how something can go from a stupid mistake to a deadly mistake," Gregerson said.
Vancouver police were called to the scene at about 4:35 p.m. and apprehended Shook near the store. Shook has an extensive criminal history, including previous thefts and burglaries, failure to appear for court hearings and bail jumping.