Police: Teen robber uses friend in fencing mask as diversion

Police: Teen robber uses friend in fencing mask as diversion
Police say a teen in a fencing mask (left) caused a diversion while his friend (right) stole a bottle of liquor at knifepoint last week at a Port Townsend Safeway. (Courtesy of Port Townsend Police Department)

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. -- En garde! A 14-year-old boy was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stealing a bottle of liquor from a Port Townsend Safeway at knifepoint while using a 15-year-old friend in a fencing mask as a diversion.

According to the Port Townsend Police Department, the teens entered the grocery store at 442 W. Sims Way around 11:30 p.m. last Thursday.

The 15-year-old -- wearing a fencing mask -- ran toward the produce department to distract employees while the 14-year-old -- wearing a black mask -- headed for the liquor aisle, according to police.

The 15-year-old quickly fled the store when confronted by employees.

According to police, the 14-year-old grabbed a bottle of liquor and then also headed for the exit.

The store's manager attempted to block the teen's escape with a shopping cart, but the teen threatened him with a knife and pushed past the cart and out the door, according to police.

Police believe both teens ran off through some nearby woods.

An investigation eventually led detectives to the two suspects, who were arrested Saturday.

The 15-year-old was released to his parents, and the 14-year-old, who also allegedly threatened a customer at knifepoint, was booked into the Kitsap Youth Center.