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Woman facing assault charge after altercation at downtown store

A 32-year-old woman is facing charges following an altercation at a downtown retail store Wednesday.

Police were called out at about 2 p.m. yesterday to the store in the 400-block of Dominion Street.

A representative of the store confronted a female shoplifter who had concealed merchandise and was attempting to leave.  The merchandise was recovered, however the staff member was assaulted before the suspect fled.  A call was immediately placed to police and a description was provided. 

Members of the Downtown Safety Unit located a woman matching the description of the suspect near Second Avenue and George Street.  The woman was arrested without incident.  The suspect was found in possession of a knife, contrary to a current probation order.

Jesse Lynn Giroux of Prince George has been charged by the BC Prosecution Service with assault and failing to comply with a probation order.

Police would like to remind the public not to confront shoplifters, as personal safety is more important than property.  Call police immediately.

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