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Woman reached for knuckle knife while being detained in Vancouver shoplifting case, police say

The Columbian

A Portland woman is accused of reaching for metal knuckles with a knife blade attached when an employee stopped her from trying to shoplift more than $800 worth of clothes Monday night from Macy’s at the Vancouver Mall.

Vancouver police responded at 7:58 p.m. to the Macy’s, 8202 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, for reports of a shoplifter in custody. When officers arrived, they found a woman identified as Carolann Frank-Watkins, 26, handcuffed to the wall in the store’s loss prevention office, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The store’s loss prevention employee told officers Frank-Watkins grabbed items from the store and walked past the check out stands without making an attempt to purchase the items. He said when he approached her, she ran toward the doors, but he was able to put one of her wrists in handcuffs, court records state.

Frank-Watkins fell to the ground while struggling with the employee and then reached toward her waistband, where she had concealed a pair of metal knuckles that also had a folding knife attached, the affidavit states.

The employee was able to prevent Frank-Watkins from using the weapon and got her into the handcuffs, according to court records.

The affidavit states she had taken 19 clothing items valued at $865.84.

Officers said Frank-Watkins admitted to stealing the clothes and that she had the knuckle knife.

She appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree robbery and a dangerous weapon violation. Judge David Gregerson set her bail at $25,000, and she is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 9, court records show.