Kalispell Man Charged with Stealing from Store, Running Over Employee

Martin Gregory Baker allegedly drove over a woman trying to write down his license plate number

By Justin Franz

A 40-year-old Kalispell man has been arrested on charges of robbery after he allegedly tried to shoplift from a store before driving over a woman who was attempting to write down his license plate number.

According to a press release from the Kalispell Police Department, officers received a shoplifting complaint on the 2000 block of U.S. Highway 93 south of downtown on Oct. 30 shortly after 2:40 p.m. Witnesses said Martin Gregory Baker had come into the store and tried to walk out with a portable drill and charger but when he left he set off the shoplifting alarm. Store employees followed Baker out of the store but he was able to get into his truck in the parking lot.

While Baker tried to escape, he allegedly backed his vehicle over a store employee who was trying to take down his license plate number. The woman received non-life-threatening injuries to her legs and was taken to the hospital. Other store employees were able to stop the vehicle and grab Baker, holding him down until police arrived.

According to the Kalispell Police Department, Baker has been charged with robbery and other charges may be pending. He is currently incarcerated at the Flathead County Detention Center.

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