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PD: Man tries to escape on stolen bicycle after sleeping inside Phoenix business

Posted at 10:56 AM, Oct 10, 2018

A man tried to escape on a stolen bicycle after falling asleep and spending the night inside a Phoenix Goodwill Store. 

Phoenix police report that on the morning of October 4, employees showed up to open the Goodwill Store at 7th street and Union Hills Drive. When they opened the door, they reportedly saw 26-year-old James Donald Kernodle attempting to leave the store on a stolen bicycle. 

One employee ran after him, catching up to him near the rear doors. There, Kernodle allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened to stab the victim. The employee was able to get the knife away from Kernodle and throw it away from the suspect. 

Kernodle then reportedly threatened to scratch and bite the employee, saying he had AIDS. 

Kernodle was running away when he was caught by a responding officer. 

Police say Kernodle admitted to falling asleep inside the store and waking after it was closed for the night. 

He also allegedly admitted to taking the bicycle and trying to leave when the store was opened. 

He's been charged with burglary and aggravated assault.