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Chehalis Police Seek Person of Interest in Case of Hatchet-Wielding Burglar

By The Chronicle

The Chehalis Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in a May 6 burglary and assault reported at Yard Birds.

At about 1:30 a.m. May 6, police were on the scene of a vehicle fire in the 1900 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue when they were approached by a Yard Birds employee who wanted to report a disturbance, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

The employee reported he found a lock had been cut at one of the businesses inside Yard Birds, in the 2100 block of North National Avenue.

The employee went into the business and was confronted by a man wearing a mask who allegedly swung a hatchet at him before running out of the store, according to the police department.

This week, the police department released two surveillance photos of a person of interest in the incident.

The man was reportedly wearing a Michael Jordan hat, an Under Armour half-zip shirt and was possibly riding a bicycle the night of the burglary.

Jewelry and coins were reported stolen. The witness was not injured.

To report information about the incident or to identify the person of interest, call 360-748-8605 and reference case number 17B2396.