Police: Panhandler stabs witness after stealing woman's pills

Police: Panhandler stabs witness after stealing woman's pills »Play Video
James Jordan

This is a developing story. Watch your local TV news and this website for more

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - James Jordan went into the Albertson's on Main Street on Wednesday afternoon with a note saying he was armed with a gun and demanding prescription drugs, according to Springfield Police.

When store employees refused to comply and instead called police, Jordan took off.

Here's what happened 4 hours later, according to some of the people involved and police:

Jamie Bean and her 70-year-old mother, Georgia Short, picked up prescriptions for Short at the  Walgreen's just across the street from the Albertson's

As Short left the store and got into Bean's Suburban waiting in the parking lot, a transient followed.

The man - later identified as Jordan - may not have seen Jamie through the tinted glass, but he certainly did when he reached into the rig asking for money.

Short refused. After a failed attempt at her purse, Jordan grabbed the only thing in his reach: the prescription drugs in Short's lap.

“He reached in and tried to grab her purse and ended up taking off with her medication," Bean said. "My mother took off running, and I took off."  

Meanwhile, Jonathan Shultz was getting a movie from the Redbox on the sidewalk in front of Walgreen's.

Shultz saw the commotion and tackled Jordan. As the two men tumbled to the ground, Jordan took out a knife and stabbed Shultz.

Bean responded with a weapon of her own.

“I looked down and saw the knife," Bean said. "So I took off my shoe and I started hitting him and telling him I would stop after he dropped the knife.

“It just happened so fast. When you’re in protective mode, sometimes you just don’t think, you just react.  I was in protective mode.  Once my mom wasn’t in danger, I saw the gentleman was in danger and I just reacted.” 

Several other passersby responded to the situation, eventually subduing Jordan.

Shultz suffered minor injuries, but the stab wound was largely superficial.

Police arrived and took Jordan into custody for trying to rob Bean and Short and stabbing Shultz.

Police tied Jordan to the earlier robbery attempt at Albertson's the next day.

Initial report

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A panhandler reached into a 70-year-old woman's car and grabbed her prescription bottles, then stabbed a man who tried to stop him.

Other witnesses managed to detain James Jordan, 24, until police arrived at the Walgreen's at 5807 Main Street Wednesday night, police said.

The 32-year-old man who came to the woman's aid suffered a superficial stab wound and did not require immediate medical attention, police said.

Investigators now say Jordan had tried to rob the pharmacy at Albertson's a few hours earlier by handing the clerk a note claiming he had a gun. Police said he didn't get anything in that attempt and left the store empty handed shortly before 5 p.m. By the time officers arrived, the

Around 8:30 p.m., Jordan was panhandling in the store parking lot and asked the 70-year-old woman for money.

When she declined to give him anything, Jordan reached into her car and took her prescription bottles, police said.

The 32-year-old witness tried to stop Jordan from leaving, only to be stabbed, police said.

Police arrested Jordan on charges of Robbery 1, Attempted Assault 1 and Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle.