VAN NUYS (CBS) — A gas station clerk remained hospitalized in critical condition Thursday after being dragged by a car during a possible robbery.

Jorge Grimaldi got into a verbal altercation with a customer at an Arco station in Van Nuys just before 11 p.m. Friday evening.

Grimaldi, 51, stood in front of the man’s car in an effort to keep him from leaving the gas station.

Security video shows that Grimaldi grabbed onto the hood of the man’s red Camry and held on for dear life for the next half mile. After falling off the hood, Grimaldi suffered a serious head injury.

Police are now were stepping up their search for the driver, who they say is not a suspect. He is described as a 250-pound black man in his 30s or 40s. He has salt-and-pepper hair and the Camry reportedly has a partial license of 6SNL.

KCAL9 spoke exclusively with Grimaldi’s son and daughter, who were too afraid to show their faces, but they didn’t stop from lashing out at the man who plowed his car into their father.

They say the man tried to steal something from their father, who stood in front of his car to keep him from fleeing.

“My dad is a great guy. He didn’t deserve this. He’s not a bad person,” his 15-year-old daughter says.

His 22-year-old son was circumspect. “I’m the only man in the house, so right now, I need to be working as hard as he was.”

Comments (9)
  1. John Ayala says:

    Unfortunate. Like most people, I would say don’t stand in front of the car. It was not necessary. I hope he gets better.

  2. Wondering says:

    How is the driver NOT a suspect?

  3. igor doublebubblevich says:

    Arco stations have no rules governing blacks asking for money at their stations, called coeporate office could not get through, sometimes in the Inland empire you see 3-5 asking for money.

  4. Mo Rons says:

    Is NOT a suspect??? It amazes me every time I read articles on this site. A bunch of community college grads write for this garbage website.

  5. james says:

    I understand that the driver should have not drove off like that but why in the world do you mount the hood of the car? he wasn’t dragged he mounted the car himself as you can clearly see on the mans property. i do hope he recovers and hope he learned a valuable lesson.

  6. Erik G. says:

    OK, in the DMV database, how many Red Toyotas have license plate “6SNLxxx” ?

    Simple data query!

    1. Duh says:

      Were dealing with the LAPD here. They have never been known for being smart.

  7. Joey Tean says:

    POlice are looking for the driver who is not a suspect? That makes no sense, but then again we are talking about LAPD, not the brightest bulbs in the pack.

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