Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, December 28 2012 at 4:07 PM, Updated: Fri, December 28 2012 at 4:19 PM
A worker at a Chiloquin grocery store uses a stun gun to stop an attempted robbery...
Lieutenant Jeanette Davidson of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office reports that a masked suspect entered the Family Food Center in Chiloquin shortly after five Thursday afternoon...
"A female suspect had used a pellet-type gun in an attempt to rob the food center."
Lt. Davidson notes that the suspect is then alleged to have taken a 16 year old boy hostage...
"In the course of the robbery, a juvenile male entered the store, and the suspect took control of him, held him against his will."
Davidson adds that a store employee then took action against the suspect...
"And in order to prevent any further danger or violence, she used a personal stun device against the suspect, subdued the suspect, and held the suspect for law enforcement."
Police arrested 21 year old Shoshanim Faye Brown on charges of first-degree robbery and kidnapping, she's jailed with bail set at $200,000.
Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger cautions that while people have a right to defend themselves, he doesn't encourage store clerks to challenge robbers...
"The woman who attempted to rob the store also grabbed a juvenile who was in the store, and was holding him hostage - and it was absolutely the right thing to do to make sure that nobody was hurt."
No one was injured in the incident.
First-degree robbery is a measure 11 offense, carrying a mandatory 90 month prison sentence.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.