EVERETT, Wash. - A Seattle man has been charged with a slew of crimes that involved an alleged shoplifting, assaults
and a pet duck named Mr. Peepers. Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Stern on Thursday charged Kenneth
Blaine Quinlan, 35, with two counts of third-degree assault and one count each of vehicular assault and hit-and-run.
Authorities say that on March 23, Quinlan and his 39-year-old girlfriend drove to a Lynnwood shopping center, where
he entered a Linens 'n Things outlet and she went into a Petco store, taking the duck with her.
Stern wrote in court papers that a security guard thought he saw Quinlan shoplift an iPod speaker system, and a
Police say the guard chased Quinlan to the Petco store, where Quinlan got the car keys from his girlfriend and tried to
The man jumped into the driver's seat of the car as the woman walked out of the store with her duck. Not knowing
what was going on, she tried to stop him from driving away and was knocked down by the open car door as it backed up.
She dropped the duck.
A Petco employee saw what was happening and "ran to save Peepers from the front of the car" just as Quinlan drove
forward, Stern wrote. The car ran over the woman, inflicting serious injuries including broken bones in her foot and ankle,
Charging papers say Quinlan continued driving and didn't stop until his vehicle struck another car nearby.
The girlfriend and guard were not seriously hurt. Mr. Peepers was OK.
Quinlan was being held in the Snohomish County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. A convicted felon and former heroin
addict, he told officers that he'd just received a dose of methadone at a Lynnwood clinic and had used cocaine a few days
earlier, according to court papers.