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Police Investigating the 7-Eleven Workers Who Stopped Would-Be Thief

Police Investigating the 7-Eleven Workers Who Stopped Would-Be Thief

The guy was robbing the 7-Eleven for the third time in a 24-hour span.

On July 29, two 7-Eleven workers stopped a would-be thief after he brandished a knife.

The men defended themselves by beating the would-be thief. Remember, he pulled out a knife. The man had already robbed the store twice before in a 24-hour span!

Yeah, the workers are part of the investigation:

Stockton police said witness video of the July 29 robbery and assault has now linked all the investigations.

They said that after their investigation concludes, they will forward the findings to the San Joaquin County district attorney for review.

Three times in 24 hours:

Police said that on July 28 at 3:41 a.m., a 7-Eleven worker reported the suspect going behind the counter and threatening to shoot the clerk if he intervened. The suspect then took several packs of cigarettes in a large garbage bag before fleeing.

On July 29 at 12:27 a.m., a 7-Eleven worker reported the suspect demanding money at the store while simulating that he had a handgun. When the worker didn’t comply, the suspect grabbed food items and put them in a garbage bag before leaving, police said.

The third time the guy grabbed a trash can and started to fill it up with merchandise in front of the workers. He flashed his knife and proceeded to fill up the trash can. The two workers then took action.


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Lucifer Morningstar | August 7, 2023 at 1:08 pm

Gee, what a surprise. Just as I predicted. The two that decided not to take any threats or thievery from this black guy are now under investigation for protecting their property and business. Won’t matter in the least that the black pulled a knife. The two will be charged with battery with the inevitable bogus “hate crime” enhancements that woke prosecutors so love to hang on incidents like this.

The two better refuse to discuss the matter with Stockton police and get good lawyers. They’re gonna need them. Guaranteed.

    The store’s owner most likely will be the defendant in a civil case, where the crook will be asking for $$$$$$$.

    The owner may lose their store.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to ParkRidgeIL. | August 7, 2023 at 4:39 pm

      Isn’t there an ambulance chased named something like Chump there yet?

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to ParkRidgeIL. | August 7, 2023 at 8:37 pm

      7-eleven Corp. will revoke their franchise and issue some mealy mouthed lawyer authored statement about how these two “don’t represent the values of the corporation and were acting purely on their own in violation of franchise rules” blah, blah blah and will throw these two under the bus and hope that shyster lawyers (Hi, Mr. Crump!) don’t go after them for millions.

    The 7-11 workers are not UNDER investigation, they are PART of an investigation. Any time there is a crime like this, the police do an investigation, which means they collect evidence, get statements from everyone involved, including witnesses, collect videos, take photos, etc. It’s called doing an investigation. This is what police are supposed to do. I sincerely doubt that the workers will ever be charged with any crime. Don’t jump the gun when police are simply doing what they have been trained to do and what they are supposed to do.

      SaltyDonnie in reply to JR. | August 7, 2023 at 3:34 pm

      The article says police were investigating the ASSAULT of the robbery suspect, which was linked back to the store and then the alleged robberies. So yes, they are investigating the workers, since they assaulted him to stop him from robbing the store. Ya know, after the cops told them there was “nothing they could do.”

        rwingjr in reply to SaltyDonnie. | August 8, 2023 at 7:54 pm

        I believe the technical definition of assault would be the thief flashing the knife. The attack by the clerks would be considered battery, not assault. When I went to school a very long time ago, the threat of violence was assault and the violence itself was battery.

      gonzotx in reply to JR. | August 7, 2023 at 4:26 pm

      Dear God, at it again

      Paddy M in reply to JR. | August 7, 2023 at 4:52 pm

      Is it still a disservice to LI when you fail to read the article before posting, JR? TIA.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to JR. | August 7, 2023 at 4:56 pm

      Even if it’s as you say, those two need to be lawyered up.

      JR in reply to JR. | August 7, 2023 at 5:19 pm

      I worked with law enforcement officers for over 25 years, both as a DA and as a criminal defense attorney. Someone being a PART of an investigation is entirely different from being UNDER investigation. Failure to understand this distinction will lead you to automatically blame law enforcement. Most law enforcement officers that I have known are really good guys, and most are conservative. Why would always assume that the average cop is a bad guy? That’s what the garbage leftists want you to believe. Why to you take their bait?

        We understand the distinction. We also understand that being UNDER investigation is ALSO being PART of an investigation.

        However, the investigation is into the assault of the suspect. Did “the suspect” assault himself? No?

        I wonder, who else in that video might have “assaulted” him?

          henrybowman in reply to Archer. | August 7, 2023 at 11:46 pm

          “Give us your DNA so we can ‘eliminate’ you from our list of suspects.”
          Bwa ha ha ha ha ha!

          rwingjr in reply to Archer. | August 8, 2023 at 7:59 pm

          As I stated above, the legal definiton of assault is the threat, which in this case would the the threat with a knife by the suspect. The actual attack would be battery.

          At Common Law, an intentional act by one person that creates an apprehension in another of an imminent harmful or offensive contact.

          An assault is carried out by a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in either criminal or civil liability. Generally, the common law definition is the same in criminal and Tort Law. There is, however, an additional Criminal Law category of assault consisting of an attempted but unsuccessful Battery.

          Statutory definitions of assault in the various jurisdictions throughout the United States are not substantially different from the common-law definition.

        Paddy M in reply to JR. | August 7, 2023 at 8:36 pm

        What does your 25 years of whatever have to do with you not reading the article and waxing intellectual anyway?

      A Punk Named Yunk in reply to JR. | August 8, 2023 at 12:52 pm

      > I sincerely doubt that the workers will ever be charged
      > with any crime.
      I sincerely think that’s a painfully naive expectation, though I wish you were correct.

      I expect them to be charged by the Marxist DA and, after an expensive, bankrupting proceeding, found not guilty by a jury. Then, 6 months later, they will raided by 30 FBI gun-toting agents plus a SWAT team with tear gas and arrested under 41 deliberately misinterpreted federal statutes.

      I pray that I’m wrong.

“who beat the piss out of”

I hope this is literally true. I hope he pissed himself during the beating.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Martin. | August 7, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    Lets hope that his balls are the size of a softball.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Martin. | August 7, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    That’s why he asked for the soft drink. Rehydration, you know.

    henrybowman in reply to Martin. | August 7, 2023 at 11:49 pm

    I think what you may have misinterpreted in the video was his fake (squirt) gun exploding in his back pocket when stick guy whacked him in the ass.

    amwick in reply to Martin. | August 8, 2023 at 6:12 am

    I watched the video.. of course I was cheering for the store guys.. It seemed to me that they were beating on his legs and buttoxal area.

    They could have easily targeted his head.

    My first thought is that they would soon get arrested.

Has any legislator in California heard the phrase “death by a thousand cuts?” How many times does a person have to show that they do not respect law, order, and civility before they’re removed from society? Rehabilitation is important, but so is public safety. And if rehabilitation is failing, then you need to consider putting people in prison not necessarily for their own sake, but for the sake of the general public that is in danger every time a habitual offender leaves the house.

How many times does he need to steal from 7/11 before action is taken? How many times must he brandish a weapon? How many people need to get hurt in a robbery attempt? These questions lose meaning as offenses pile up and it becomes obvious to everyone that the kids gloves are no longer appropriate.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | August 7, 2023 at 1:22 pm

Government officials who are actively waging war on the citizenry.

This IS a civil war – not a coming one; we are in it right now – and it is being conducted from within the government against us.

We have some of the most insane, evil, disturbed people in history holding the levers of power and using them to viciously attack America and everything American.

    Indeed. It’s long been noted that criminals are the natural allies of socialists and communists.

    Stories like this just go to show: Union-run police departments are the enforcers of the collectivist Left, and criminals are their shock troops.

    In Germany in 1939, they would be the Gestapo and SS, respectively.

    You are absolutely nuts to think that we are right now in an active Civil War. Did you ever enter a schoolhouse? Do you know how to read? Did you ever study history? Did you ever study the real Civil War? You are absolutely blinded by ignorance.

      henrybowman in reply to JR. | August 7, 2023 at 11:50 pm

      Your own ignorance of generational warfare is abysmal.

      ThePrimordialOrderedPair in reply to JR. | August 8, 2023 at 12:31 am

      You are retarded. This is a civil war – a real one. The “real Civil War”, as you put it, was not even a civil war. It was a rebellion. The South didn’t want to take over the United States, The South just wanted to leave the United States – which they did, and became a separate nation. The fight was not between two internal groups looking to take over the country, it was one group deciding to leave the country and the country then attacking the new foreign country and taking it over. That is not a civil war.

      This – what we have now – is a real civil war. The left is looking to take over this country and make minced meat of it. The insane, suicidal left is looking to take all of us down with them. It is completely insane and worse than any other civil war in history (any other real civil war in history, not our rebellion that was mislabeled as a “civil war”). And the left has engaged in it for years, now. The right has not yet accepted that it is a war, but it is. Not only is it a war by the left against the United States but it’s a war of annihilation, because they/you are that completely deranged.

      As others have pointed out, what you call the “real Civil War” would better be termed the “War for Southern Independence”. The South didn’t want to control the North; they wanted to be free of the North and form their own independent sister nation. (Just like the American Revolution — which also wasn’t a “civil war” because America wasn’t trying to take over England; we just wanted to be free of them.)

      What we are in right now is indeed a Civil War. Half the population wants to control the other half, within our existing borders. It is currently mostly a “cold” war (e.g. a war of words; shots aren’t being fired) over cultural differences, but hostile nonetheless, and not without “warm” spots.

      But as the saying goes, peace requires two willing parties, war requires only one.

This is likely to be a tipping point for many in CA who are still struggling to find reasons to stay there. Small business can’t absorb the financial losses. Heck, mega corporations can’t either. Nor can they have their employees at risk from Looney weirdos who offer violence.

When the point is reached that the Legislature reduce or eliminate categories of crimes, the Judiciary won’t provide deterrent prison sentences the DA won’t prosecute and LEO won’t investigate much less create any deterrent effect with increased presence patrols…..this puts the onus onto the Citizen.

Now we have several high profile examples from NYC of ordinary folks stopping crimes but being charged. Here it is CA potentially doing the same. Anyone with any sense can understand that the altercation was a result of the crime not the two gentle who responded. If those who disagree want to put the criminal into handcuffs instead of repeated compliance strikes they can do so… but I don’t see them making the offer to jump in and do it.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to CommoChief. | August 7, 2023 at 3:43 pm

    social contract is broken.

      CommoChief in reply to Morning Sunshine. | August 7, 2023 at 6:34 pm

      Not in my neck of the woods it isn’t but other places such as NYC, Chicago, LA, Portland, Baltimore and now Stockton it certainly appears that the social contract is definitely broken.

        iconotastic in reply to CommoChief. | August 7, 2023 at 10:57 pm
        henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | August 8, 2023 at 2:37 am

        The “social contract” is a scam in the first place.

        [The term] Social contract is currently fashionable in the ebb and flow of on-line political debate. This is a contract I never signed, that I’ve never seen, that has no terms, that is binding upon me but not upon the other party, that can be dispensed with at will by the government but must submitted to by me upon pain of incarceration, whose terms may change on-the-fly or even retroactively, from which there is no escape clause, which is binding in perpetuity, which binds my ancestors and descendants, and which requires fealty but guarantees no consideration.

          CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | August 8, 2023 at 7:58 am

          Meh, it is a ‘contract’ with implied duties and responsibilities. The people grant govt power and authority consummate with level of responsibilities the people assign to govt.

          The people then must always remain vigilant and ever watchful of the govt they have granted power/responsibility. Handing off these powers isn’t a ‘one and done’. Instead it requires constant input and adjustment to maintain the intended equilibrium.

          It doesn’t, IMO, exist in perpetuity. See the American war of Independence; ‘When in the course of Human events ….’. While voting is the primary check on govt excess, buttressed by law suits and assisted with separation of powers and in our system a robust Federalism, at the end of the day there is another option. The same option reluctantly used to create our Nation.

          Azathoth in reply to henrybowman. | August 9, 2023 at 12:10 pm

          You signed the social contract when you registered to vote.

          That’s when you agreed to play by the rules set down in the Constitution.

    amwick in reply to CommoChief. | August 8, 2023 at 6:16 am

    TY Mr. Chief. The icing on this sht show is that the Gov. of Ca will become the president of this nation… because.. clown world. More than anything I want to be wrong.

      CommoChief in reply to amwick. | August 8, 2023 at 8:00 am

      I suspect there is a great deal of internal jockeying within the d/prog to arrange that very thing.

Blacks are protected thieves.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to rhhardin. | August 7, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    Pets for leftists.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to rhhardin. | August 8, 2023 at 12:48 am

    The black is far worse that thievery. It will take one hell of an attitude adjustment to bring their expectations in line with reality.

    amwick in reply to rhhardin. | August 8, 2023 at 6:19 am

    A bit of a broad brush, but sometimes it seems true. I know one black guy, an immigrant from Jamaica.. and he is normal.. (a tennis player, of course)… and then there is Charles Payne..He has actually been nice to me on twitter..

A lot going on in Florida in the documents case.
1. Judge questions the sealing demand by DOJ….as most of you know there is a protocol when sealing of GJ evidence, witnesses and testimony after indictment is appropriate. Why would any of the requirements be applicable here? Judge asks.
2. Why was a GJ in another District enpanelled to sit on a case where jurisdiction lay in another?

Aww, cmon. You didn’t actually think that people would be allowed to defend themselves and their property, did you? Not in people’s republic of kalifornia

chrisboltssr | August 7, 2023 at 2:29 pm

At this point, I don’t know why any law-abiding citizen bothers with following the law.

texansamurai | August 7, 2023 at 2:31 pm

when the thug brandished a knife his color was no longer relevant–deploying or threatening to deploy a lethal weapon in the course of a robbery is serious–the two sikhs may have been thinking ” so next time he just decides to cut / shoot us? no !” good on them–engaging a perp who has / has access to an edged weapon is a precise dance–the guy that grabbed the perp has some stones–the guy with the stick (thank heavens he was there) had a better plan–against an edged weapon, distance is your friend

don’t see how any prosecutor can overcome this perp’s third robbery of this establishment in 24hrs

    when the thug brandished a knife his color was no longer relevant

    Incorrect; in CRT-driven politics, his color is ALWAYS the most relevant factor.

    The funny thing is, the store workers are POCs, too. But the suspect’s skin is darker, so he is protected and they’ll get charged with a “hate crime”.

    In a sane world, the suspect robbed that store three times in 24 hours, threatening a weapon on the first two and pulling out a weapon on the third. The cops didn’t follow up on the first two, so the store workers decided (correctly) that since the cops weren’t going to take care of it, they’d have to do it themselves.

    In a free state, they’d be unsung community heroes. But in Kalifornistan, they are violent criminal apostates from the Holy Gospel of Woke-ism.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Archer. | August 7, 2023 at 5:09 pm

      Ask virtually any self-respecting Indian if they think of themselves as POCs.

      Something tells me they don’t hide behind that. Only the lazy and the no good.need that is some sort of a shield.

        Ask ANY self-respecting non-white-skinned person if they think of themselves as a “person of color”. If they have even a shred of personal dignity, they don’t hide behind that label.

        Let me clarify my previous comment: Whether the store workers consider themselves POCs or not — and I would bet not — the Left does consider them POCs. It then becomes a balancing-scale of which party checks the most intersectional-identity boxes.

        The thief will come out on top of that one; to the Left, he’s the bigger “victim”.

        Harmeet Dhillon said that the one wielding the 7-11 stick was a Sikh.. I noticed the head wrap, so I figured she knew. One of the first things I read about them, is that they practice self defense.

        Here, if you are interested.

Are they investigating the customer as an accessory after-the-fact for assisting the suspect in his escape from the store?

The Marxists looking out for their street army personnel.

Aw is only out to protect Leftists, your not in that club you are liable for punishment

How long before crime victims decide that since they are going to be persecuted by “law enforcement” anyway, they might as well just start with lethal defensive force?

    Triple-S treatment: Shoot, Shovel, and Shut-up.

    And everyone in the community takes a lesson from the criminal gangs: all their names suddenly become variations of “Dindu Nuffin” and “Dinsee Nuffin”.

      AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Archer. | August 8, 2023 at 9:44 am


      Thanks for the education.

      I was fully aware of the Dindu tribe, but I had no idea that the Dinsee tribe existed.

      Learn something new every day.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | August 7, 2023 at 2:57 pm

Then when more people start fighting back on their own, the Leftists will wail that they’re “vigilantes” (no, but they do love to conflate that with self defense) and shriek “How could this be happening?”

    henrybowman in reply to Fat_Freddys_Cat. | August 8, 2023 at 2:44 am

    It won’t be the first time “vigilantes” were required to clean up corrupt officials (in California, no less), and it won’t be the last.

The gun control debate is not about guns – it’s about who has the monopoly on use of force – the individual or govt. This is why those that fight back against crime and/or defend themselves and others using force are targeted more than the original law breaker – because they are “vigilantes” whose actions shame the govt. inadequacies. If it were about guns, ALL guns, private and those used by police, military, etc., would be banned. But no, its private ownership of guns that is targeted. And once guns are gone, then come knives, then mace, then clubs, etc. Because they want self defense, and individual use of force, stopped.

stevewhitemd | August 7, 2023 at 3:58 pm

Here’s a question — has the bad guy been back to that 7-11?

I mean, even a flatworm turns away from pain…

This Country is a joke

    alien in reply to gonzotx. | August 7, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    I ain’t laughing.

    Gonzotx is the joke. Her posts are getting old and and repetitious,

    amwick in reply to gonzotx. | August 8, 2023 at 6:35 am

    I have been saying it is clown world. But it is not the whole country.. it is like a third of our government, and all the liberal eejits. The executive branch that we have now is rotten to the core. That is certain.. sadly, the other branches have their issues.

    And if you drive around, and look at people,, it is a beautiful place. People put down Fox.. I get it,, but the one thing I look forward to is their FAF open on the weekend. All kinds of people send in pics and they show them. I know this is real because they showed one of my pictures.. It was a giant American flag on the framework of an old school roller coaster, at Knoebels.

    Don’t give up yet..

I’m actually thinking it would be a good idea for organized crime to step in for protection. After a few of the robbers have their wrists smashed with hammers, word gets around. There’s money to be made here and what are the criminals going to do, call the cops?

Portland is in a quandry right now over the female doctor who was attacked by the feral human, and is now speaking out openly about how the left has totally failed to maintain law and order. Police response was about 30 minutes, and this was literally a 13 block walk from the main police dept building in downtown. I have a feeling this will be a bad situation which will be made far far worse by efforts to cover it up. A real popcorn moment.

The West Hills are no longer safe. The horror The horror.

    What I see there is another ostensibly educated individual receiving a real-life lesson on Warren v. D.C. and Castle Rock v. Gonzalez. In other words, suddenly learning that the police aren’t there to protect you, and have no obligation to do so.

    She can change her affiliation from Democrat to Republican (“a liberal who’s been mugged”, and all that) — and is welcome to — but unless she gets enough of her community to do the same, it won’t change anything. Not in Portland.

    She’ll get quicker results by carrying a defensive item, learning to use it effectively, and being her own “first responder”, rather than relying on police.

The vile Dhimmi-crats are being hypocritical. Under Islamic law, the thieves would have had one hand amputated. This perp got off easy.

The perp should be thrown in jail. The workers should be given medals.

I live in Los Angeles, California. I’m not leaving. I won’t be chased out of the place where I was born and raised by despicable ass-wipe woke leftists and their corrupt enablers in state and local government.

I’m not putting blame on the store owners. I have sympathy for them. But in this case, the store owner could have done things differently in a way that didn’t leave him as legally vulnerable. Bottom line is that everybody needs to understand the law, local law enforcement (particularly woke prosecutors), and think about what to do in these situations ahead of time. There’s a right way to defend yourself and many wrong ways that can land you in jail.

I have to give a plug to Andrew Branca over at the Law of Self-Defense blog. I really appreciate his efforts to educate folks about self-defense law, and how to defend yourself against attackers while reducing the risk of becoming the target of hack lawyers and politically motivated prosecutors. You can catch him on You-tube. Check it out.

    We know Andrew Branca. He wrote articles for LI before his LoSD blog really got going, and still occasionally cross-posts here. His series covering George Zimmerman’s trial for the self-defense killing of Trayvon Martin is a master-class in legal analysis. 🙂