Customer tries to stop Spanaway holdup, gets beaten with bat

A customer who intervened in a holdup of a Spanaway convenience store late Wednesday was beaten unconscious with a baseball bat for his troubles.

A suspect in the incident later was arrested.

The man was at the gas station at 15119 Pacific Ave. S. when another man walked in with the bat about 11:45 p.m., threatened the clerk and demanded money, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Thursday.

When the customer stepped in, the robber repeatedly hit him with the bat until he passed out and then stole the victim’s car, which was parked outside.

The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital with a serious head injury.

Sheriff’s deputies found the man’s car an hour later at a gas station near 176th Street East and Canyon Road East.

A search dog led deputies to a 27-year-old Spanaway man, who was taken into custody.

Troyer said the man, who possibly was on methamphetamine, was taken to a hospital to be checked out. He fought with deputies at the hospital and tried to escape.

One deputy suffered a minor injury to his hand during the scuffle.

The man was booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, theft of a motor vehicle, robbery, resisting arrest, felony eluding and attempting to escape.

A bloody baseball bat was found in the victim’s car.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653