Grass Valley man arrested after alleged shoplifting incident leads to injured store employee |

Grass Valley man arrested after alleged shoplifting incident leads to injured store employee

A 19-year-old Grass Valley man was arrested Wednesday morning after trying to steal a bottle of bourbon from a grocery store and injuring an employee in an attempt to escape.

Grass Valley Police officers received a call at 10:30 a.m. about a burglary case from employees at a grocery store in the 600 block of Sutton Way, said Lt. Steve Johnson.

When officers arrived on scene, they found Christopher Jayden Bowman-Stokes in the custody of three store employees, he said.

Johnson said the employees saw Bowman-Stokes entering the store with his backpack through surveillance camera.

He made his way to the alcohol aisle, selected a bottle of bourbon and concealed it in his book bag.

Bowman-Stokes then strode to other parts of the store and picked out candy.

During checkout, Bowman-Stokes failed to mention the bourbon, Johnson said, which prompted a female employee who had seen him in the video to approach him. The teenager allegedly pushed the worker into the door frame after being questioned and dashed out of the store.

The employee and two co-workers sprinted after Bowman-Stokes. The teenager tripped and fell at the parking lot, allowing the employees to catch him, Johnson said.

The female employee sustained minor injuries but did not request medical assistance, Johnson said.

Bowman-Stokes wasn’t carrying a weapon when he was apprehended. He was charged with felony and booked into jail with a $100,000 bail.

He was arrested in October of last year for two counts of second-degree burglary, making criminal threats and resisting arrest.

To contact Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please call 530-477-4236 or email

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