Around 2 P.M. yesterday (July 8th) Prince George RCMP responded to a report of an assault at a retail store on the 400 block of Dominion Street.

One of the store’s staff members confronted a female shoplifter who had concealed merchandise and attempted to leave.

The merchandise was recovered, however, the staff member was assaulted before the suspect fled.

A call, including a description, was placed to police.

Members of the Downtown Safety Unit located a female matching the description of the suspect near 2nd Avenue and George Street.

The female was arrested without incident but was found in possession of a knife, contrary to a current probation order.

32-year-old Prince George resident Jesse Lynn Giroux has been charged by the BC Prosecution Service for two Criminal Code offences: Assault and Failure to Comply with Probation.

Giroux will appear in court later today (Thursday).

Police are reminding the public not to confront shoplifters, as personal safety is more important than property.