Longmont Police Arrest Armed Man Accused of Stealing Chips, Chocolate Milk

December 12, 2017 GMT

Longmont police on Sunday arrested an armed man suspected of stealing items from Lucky’s Market and attempting to assault a store manager who confronted him.

A Longmont police report states that when an officer found James Guidice on South Pratt Parkway and Pratt Place a short time after the alleged incident, he was armed with a concealed 9 millimeter handgun with an extra magazine of ammunition and a ski mask.

Guidice, 43, faces charges of robbery, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and possession of methamphetamine.

The manager at Lucky’s Market, 700 Ken Pratt Blvd., told police that Guidice entered the store, took a bag of chips and a container of chocolate milk and walked out the door without paying.

The manager told police that he followed Guidice outside and asked him if he was going to pay for the items, to which Guidice allegedly said “no” and took a swing at the manager when the manager started taking photos of him. The two briefly scuffled before Guidice fled the scene.

The manager was not injured, and the police report gives no indication that Guidice ever brandished a weapon.

Police said that Guidice has eight felony convictions between 2005 and 2008. Online court records indicate Guidice has previous convictions for vehicular eluding, motor vehicle theft, escape, felony theft, DUI, felony trespassing, harassment and possession of controlled substance with arrests dating to 2003.

Guidice is being held at the Boulder County Jail and is expected to be formally charged on Wednesday, according to jail records.

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