Incident narrative & surveillance footage @ 2:15
Arrest of Matthew Abernathy @ 11:03
On November 9, 2018 Matthew Abernathy allegedly (ha) robbed a Nordstrom store in Seattle of unknown quantities of merchandise. He definitely stole some shoes, but likely concealed more before he was spotted.
Abernathy was stopped by the store’s loss prevention officer and a manager, but he managed to get hold of a pepper spray canister he had hidden on his person, subsequently spraying the two men who were holding him. Abernathy escaped.
(Surveillance footage of the incident is shown beginning around 2:57. That footage is sped up to match the loss prevention employee’s narrative.)
Seattle Police responded quickly, but not quickly enough to catch Abernathy. In this video, watch footage of the robbery and listen along with Seattle police officers as they are brought up to speed on what happened. After showing Seattle Police Department’s response to the incident, the video skips ahead eleven days — to the random moment when patrol officers spotted Abernathy strolling on by — and swoop in for the arrest.