FAIRFIELD — A lunchtime theft at a West Texas Street clothing store Monday left the owner injured and caused a minor traffic back up on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Hoon Hoh, owner of Triple H Clothing, saw a man grab four T-shirts from the store and take off. The suspect fled in a car and got stuck in traffic while trying to turn left from Pennsylvania Avenue onto West Texas Street.
Hoh, 67, confronted the suspect, who got out of his car and took a swing a at him. Hoh avoided that but was then kicked in the left side of his ribcage and fell to the pavement.
Fairfield police arrested Michael Harris, 36, of Fairfield, on suspicion of burglary and crimes against the elderly. Bail was set at $5,000 for the felony burglary allegation, and $25,000 for the allegation that Harris committed a crime against the elderly.
Several witnesses, sitting in traffic when the incident happened, came to Hoh’s aid. He was loaded into a waiting ambulance but decided not seek immediate medical attention. Two hours after the incident, he was rethinking his decision, holding his ribcage.
“It’s starting to hurt,” he said.
“That’s what happens after the adrenaline wears off,” said his stepson, Everett Worthington.
Josh Alexander, 19, Worthington’s nephew, and Worthington said they were also in the store when the theft happened. Hoh headed out the door in pursuit of the suspect before they could stop him, both said.
Hoh decided to go to the hospital after continued pain and has bruised ribs and a bruised lung, Worthington said.
“He’s doing OK,” Worthington said. “He’s in a lot of discomfort.”
Worthington said police had the suspect in custody within 90 minutes and have recovered the clothing. The suspect had put on several shirts in the changing room after leaving the price tags on the floor, Worthington said.
“He came out looking bulkier,” Worthington said of the suspect.
Ryan McCarthy contributed to this report. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.