They were robbed three times in the same night by the same man. On the third occasion, a pair of 7-Eleven workers in Stockton had enough, pinned him down, and beat him.
Now, the workers are under investigation by Stockton police, according to a report from KCRA.
Driving the news: The robbery incident, which occurred on July 29, was captured on video and has gained national attention.
- The suspect is believed to have robbed the same store two other times within a 24-hour period.
- The video shows one clerk pinning the suspect down while another repeatedly strikes him with what appears to be a pole.
- Prior to the incident, there were two reported early morning robberies at the same 7-Eleven location involving the same suspect – one on July 28 and another on July 29.
- In the July 28 incident, the suspect went behind the counter and threatened to shoot the clerk before taking several packs of cigarettes.
- On July 29, the suspect demanded money while simulating that he had a handgun. When the worker did not comply, the suspect grabbed food items and fled.
- The suspect later returned to the store, where the beating captured in the viral video took place.
Inside the investigation: Stockton police were initially unaware of the attempted robbery and assault when they responded to the suspect’s request for medical aid in the early morning.
- The probe has expanded to include the pair of 7-Eleven workers, who have declined to comment to media and referred to 7-Eleven corporate.
- The investigation is ongoing, and once concluded, the findings will be forwarded to the San Joaquin County district attorney for review.