Cake attacked at Cowlitz County court

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A woman enters the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2013, with a cake for her daughter in this image from Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office surveillance footage. (Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A scuffle that erupted at a Southwest Washington courthouse over a 9-year-old’s birthday cake was caught on camera Tuesday.

This happened at the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice.

A woman entered the courthouse with a cake for her daughter. She said she brought it in from the car to keep the dog from eating it.

The woman then left the cake on a table. It wasn’t long before a man, who came in after her, smashed his hand into it.

A deputy asked him to stop, but the man did not. Instead, he lunged at the cake.

Deputies took the man to the ground — and wrestled him into a pair of handcuffs. The man was arrested him on third-degree theft charges. In Washington state, “a person is guilty of theft in the third degree if he or she commits theft of property or services which does not exceed seven hundred fifty dollars in value.”

Theft in the third degree is a misdemeanor charge.

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