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Grocery store worker stabbed in chest in Downtown area

Douglas Short, also known as Scott Ryde

Douglas Short, also known as Scott Ryde

A Downtown area grocery store employee is in the hospital after police say he was stabbed in the chest by a man trying to steal alcohol Monday afternoon.

Douglas Short, 56, is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon resulting in great bodily harm and tampering with evidence.

According to court documents, Short, who also goes by the name Scott Rydel, is a fugitive out of Wyoming wanted on robbery and conspiracy charges from June 2017.

On Monday, officers responded to a stabbing at the Lowe’s supermarket at 11th and Lomas NW around 4:30 p.m.

Police say they found employee 20-year-old Leonard Zubia-Chavez on his back behind the customer service desk, with another employee and two citizens applying pressure to a stab wound just below his heart.

Zubia-Chavez was rushed to the hospital and was in stable condition.

Another employee told police the man who stabbed Zubia-Chavez had been trying to steal a bottle of alcohol when they confronted him at the exit.

Police say the man, identified as Short, punched Zubia-Chavez after he told him to give the bottle back.

According to the complaint, the two fought before a manager and another employee came over and helped Zubia-Chavez hold Short down.

Employees told police Short began to complain that he could not breathe so they loosened their grip on him.

Police say that’s when Short drew a black folding knife, jumped off the floor and ran toward the exit.

Employees told police Zubia-Chavez chased Short again and tried to stop him, before being stabbed and collapsing behind the customer service desk.

Officers arrested Short when they found him hiding behind a bush outside a home a half-mile away. A knife was on the ground nearby.

Short will remain behind bars until a pretrial detention hearing in state District Court.

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