Viral footage last week showed 7-Eleven workers from Stockton, California defending their shop from an attempted robbery.
The store clerks refused to let the would-be robber get away with the store’s merchandise.
WATCH (Warning – Graphic Language):
Sikh grocery store owner was told that "there ain't nothing you can do" repeatedly and that "ayy, just let him go" as they were being robbed. The Sikhs disagreed. pic.twitter.com/ZIb5CVLMNl
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 2, 2023
It’s a prime example illustrating people must be ready to defend themselves, and police officers won’t always be there to rescue you.
Instead, police reportedly are investigating the shop owners who defended their store for assault.
Nothing could be more clown world!
“It has been brought to our attention that a video of two 7-Eleven employees assaulting a robbery suspect has been circulating. We are aware of the incident and the investigation is ongoing,” the Stockton Police Department wrote on Facebook.
BREAKING: Authorities say Sikhs who defended their store from a robber are now under investigation
Notice this news report edits the video to remove the robber threatening to shoot them, and omits it from the reportpic.twitter.com/w9Od8ZUlWU
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 6, 2023
The Stockton Police Department wrote:
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.
On July 29, 2023, at 12:27 a.m., 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.
On July 29, 2023, at 3:05 a.m., Officers responded to the area of Center St/Market St, to meet with Stockton Fire Dept who was with a male requesting medical aid and complained of pain to his leg and shoulder. The male did not know if he had been assaulted. The male was then transported to an area hospital to be treated for a complaint of pain. At the time this was reported, Officers could not confirm if the male was a victim of an assault, or a suspect related to the series of robberies at the 7-Eleven.
On Thursday August 3, 2023, thanks to the diligence of a witness recording the July 29 robbery and assault, the Stockton Police Department was able to combine the investigations of the suspected robberies and suspected assault.
The case has been assigned to our Investigations Bureau for follow up interviews and evidence review. Once the investigations are complete the findings will be forwarded to the San Joaquin County District Attorney for review.
The video evidence clearly shows the store clerks defending themselves from theft and potentially violence.
The store clerks neutralized the threat.
WTF! – Police Investigating Shop Owner Who Took Down Armed Thief With A Stick https://t.co/MxnuFHzb7C
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) August 7, 2023
The Post Millennial reports:
The man who filmed the video told WABI that he fears that things would have been worse if he wasn’t there to try to calm the situation. The man, who identified himself as “Deba,” said he told them, “No, there’s nothing we can do. There’s nothing you can do. Just let him take it and just go” as the man was stealing stuff.”
“I’m trying to feel it out. My job is to make it home. … Hopefully, everyone learns in this situation to be in a better mindset next time,” he said. After the man started to hit the thief, the man said he “had to get really stern with my words. ‘It’s enough,’ so they kind of stopped.”
“I’m narrating the situation: ‘He doesn’t have a gun. He’s all right. Are you done? Are you done? Are you done? Now it’s time for everyone to go. … He needs to go and you guys need to stop,” the man added.
What Deba did not appear to mention is the moment in the video when he seemingly taunted the attempted looter. As the 7-Eleven store clerks were beating the man, Deba appeared to repeat, “That’s called whoopin’ your ass. That’s called whoopin’ your ass.”
The men were praised on social media for taking matters into their own hands to stop the man after criminals have been terrorizing retailers due to soft-on crime policies across the country.
According to Neighborhood Scout, Stockton is only safer than 3 percent of US neighborhoods, with a crime rate of 46.22 incidents per 1,000 residents. In Stockton, you have a 1 in 79 chance of being a victim of a violent crime while in the state of California, you have a 1 in 227 chance.