Police: Shoplifter sprays ‘Raid’ in employees’ faces

Suspect reportedly threatened to light the bug spray on fire

Lawrence Howard Dorris, 52, shown in a jail booking photo.
Lawrence Howard Dorris, 52, shown in a jail booking photo.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 52-year-old man is accused spraying “Raid” bug killer in the faces of two Safeway grocery store employees who attempted to stop him from stealing an estimated $700 worth of merchandise, according to court documents.

Lawrence Howard Dorris. 52, remains in the Multnomah County Inverness Jail. He is charged with 2 counts each of first-degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon.

The charges, according to court documents, stem from an incident that happened on August 24, 2015 at the Safeway grocery store in the Lloyd District.

According to an affidavit filed in circuit court, a loss prevention officer at the grocery store tried to stop Dorris from leaving the store. Dorris was pushing a shopping cart that will filled with merchandise. The lost prevention officer stepped in front of the cart and asked Dorris if he was going to pay for the items.

Dorris “said no,” according to court documents. The loss prevention officer then tried to push the cart back into the store. As he did, Dorris “retrieved a can of Raid bug spray and began spraying” the loss prevention officer in the face, according to court documents. That caused the employee to let go of the cart. Another employee came over and he was also sprayed in the face, according to court documents.

While Dorris was spraying the two employees, he threatened to light the bug spray on fire, according to court documents.

The warning label on the “Raid” can reportedly reads “Extremely flammable” and “Hazardous to humans and domestic animals.”

Dorris has entered a not guilty plea to the grand jury indictment. He was arrested Oct. 29.

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