LINCOLN CITY — On Tuesday, Aug. 20, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Lincoln City Police were dispatched to the Zumiez Outlet Store at the Lincoln City Outlet Mall on the report of a theft and disturbance.
While en route, officers were advised that a female suspect had fled the store after stealing merchandise and assaulting one of the store’s employees. A good description of the suspect was obtained, as well as information that indicated she was last seen running into a wooded area near Southeast 14th Street. Several officers arrived within minutes and began searching for the suspect. She was soon located and, after a brief chase through the woods, the suspect was taken into custody without further incident. The assaulted store employee did not sustain any significant injuries and did not require any medical attention at the scene.
The suspect was identified as Tara Bates, 35, of McKinleyville, Calif. Officers noted that Bates was still wearing a pair of shoes she had stolen at the time she was apprehended. Bates was initially transported to the Lincoln City Police Department and secured in a holding cell while officers completed their investigation and related paperwork.
Bates was later transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged under charges of robbery in the third degree, theft in the second degree and harassment. Her bail was set $50,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.
— Lincoln City Police Department