SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Two suspected robbers attacked an am/pm clerk in Santa Ana earlier this month—and it was all caught on camera.
The three-and-a-half minute assault happened Feb. 2 at the mini-mart on First Street and Broadway.
CBS2’s Michele Gile reports two suspects attempted to steal beer from the store, where clerk Marcos Soriano has worked for the past few years.
“The one suspect we’re looking for…goes into the store and tries to do two separate beer runs. He’s caught by the clerk, the clerk shoos him away. He goes and gets a friend of his, they come back, he comes back into the store, he steals something to draw the clerk outside. That’s when they physically assault him, knock him to the ground, kick him in the head, kick him in the ribs,” Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
“They kicked me like, three times in the nose, and once [on the forehead] and the eyes,” Soriano said.
Soriano managed to hold on to one of the suspects, identified by detectives as a 24-year-old man.
That suspect was taken into custody, but the second man remains on the loose.
Soriano said that it wasn’t about the merchandise, but more about protecting himself.
“Well, sometimes you gotta be brave, you know, ‘cause that’s the only way to catch these guys,” he said. “If you don’t stand up to them, they just keep doing it, because they don’t get caught.”