Two employees of a Stockton, California 7-Eleven store were confirmed by the District Attorney’s office on Tuesday to not be under investigation by authorities after a viral video showed them fighting off robbers.
"The events surrounding the viral video from the 7-11 on Center St. are under active investigation by Stockton PD. Once completed, Stockton PD will forward the case to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office," Mayor Kevin Lincoln said in a statement.
District Attorney Ron Freitas said that "the store clerks are not and have never been suspects" of the DA’s Office and "any investigation going forward is to hold accountable the individual who threatened and attempted to rob the store clerks."
"California state law, Proposition 47, hinders businesses daily by increasing shoplifting incidents and decreasing our law enforcement’s bility to hold accountable those responsible for such act," Lincoln added.
Video of the July 29 incident showed a man in a mask looting shelves behind the counter for cigarettes, throwing the contents of the shelves into a trash can.
At one point, he is seen reaching for his back pocket as an employee approaches him.
"Just let him go, there’s nothing you can do," the man filming the incident is heard saying.
As the suspect attempts to leave with the trash can of products, an employee tackled him to the ground, and another is seen hitting the suspect with a pole.
Police said that the man is suspected of committing two other robberies at the same 7-Eleven location within 24 hours of the recorded incident.
In the first incident they said, "On July 28, 2023, at 3:41 a.m., an employee of 7-Eleven reported a suspect entered the business, went behind the counter, and threatened to shoot the victim if he intervened. The suspect then took several packs of cigarettes and other items and placed them in a large garbage bag before fleeing."
Around 12:27 am the next day, the report said, "The employee reported the same suspect from the previous incident entered the business and demanded money while simulating having a handgun. The employee did not comply; therefore, the suspect grabbed several food items and placed them in a garbage bag before fleeing."
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