A man with a concealed weapon permit was assaulted in a Walmart bathroom Thursday night and had his handgun stolen, Medford police said.
The 25-year-old permit holder entered the Walmart at 1360 Center Drive around 9 p.m., police said. He had a Springfield XD 40-caliber handgun in a holster in the back of his waistband, and his shirt covered the weapon.
The man went into the store bathroom and was followed by a white man in his mid 30s who was about 6 feet 2 inches tall and wearing an Oakland Raiders T-shirt, police said in a news release.
In the bathroom, the man wearing the Raiders shirt unsuccessfully attempted to snatch the gun from the 25-year-old's waistband, then punched the man in the face, knocking him to the ground, police reports say. The suspect then grabbed the gun, pointed it at the 25-year-old and ordered him to leave. The victim complied and ran into the employee break room. Police were called to the store at 9:17 p.m. Thursday, records show.
Store surveillance video showed that the suspect, wearing a black Raiders T-shirt over a gray, long-sleeved shirt, with blue jean shorts, white and black tennis shoes, and a flat-billed hat, had walked into the store just before 9 p.m. A Hispanic male in his 20s or early 30s accompanied him. That man was 5 feet 10 inches tall, wore white shorts, a gray and black pullover jacket with red drawstrings, a black beanie with a red stripe, and red and white tennis shoes. The video shows the two splitting up after they enter the store.
Additional video showed the assault suspect running out an emergency exit with the stolen gun in his waistband. He met up with the Hispanic man outside, and the two drove off in a dark-colored sedan, the news release said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Patrick Dennis at Medford police, 541-774-2230.
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