North Carolina store clerk arrested for beating customer in crisis


Shocking video captures 68-year-old North Carolina store clerk using baton to beat 56-year-old customer who was having a seizure

  • Rocky Mount, NC store clerk Sobhi Hassan, 68, was arrested this week for attacking Gregory Evans, 56, while having a seizure
  • Evans visited the Princess Market last Wednesday and started having a seizure as he stood in the middle of the store
  • Video footage shows Hassan ordering Evans out of the store as he hits his legs with a stick










It’s the disturbing moment a convenience store employee was caught on camera beating up a man who was having a seizure inside a store in North Carolina.

Sobhi Hassan, 68, repeatedly punched Gregory Evans, 56, with a stick moments after the man started having seizures at the Princess Market convenience store in Rocky Mount last Wednesday, according to cellphone footage acquired by the NBC subsidiary WRAL-TV.

Hassan was arrested by the Rocky Mount Police Department on Tuesday, but only after the police station came forward and shared video of the attack.

Hassan, whose family owns the convenience store, has been charged with a simple assault.

DailyMail.com has contacted the Rocky Mount Police Department for comment.

Convenience store clerk Sobhi Hassan was arrested in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on Tuesday after police received video footage showing the moment he beat up a 56-year-old man identified as Gregory Evans while on a crisis inside the store last Wednesday. Hassan, 68, has been charged with common assault

Still image from cellphone video obtained by NBC affiliate WRAL-TV shows Sobhi Hassan attacking Gregory Evans with a stick as he was having a fit inside the store where Hassan works

Still image from cellphone video obtained by NBC affiliate WRAL-TV shows Sobhi Hassan attacking Gregory Evans with a stick as he was having a fit inside the store where Hassan works

The shocking video shows Evans, who is black, standing in the middle of the store as Hassan punched him six times on the legs.

Hassan could be heard saying to Evans, “Get out now,” before leaning against the store counter.

Evans was hospitalized as a result of the incident and was still undergoing further medical tests.

“He’s a little slow,” Evans sister Edith Cooper said at a community meeting at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Monday. “And he still doesn’t have full body mobility right now.”

Hassan repeatedly asked Evans to leave the store as he experienced a seizure inside the store

Hassan repeatedly asked Evans to leave the store as he experienced a seizure inside the store

Locals gathered outside the Princess Market to call on local leaders to shut down the business.

“The video was horrible to watch, to see a person treated less than a human being,” local resident Bronson Williams told WRAL-TV.

Some residents claimed that employees of the Princess Market store treated customers “in a negative and discriminatory manner”.

Rocky Mountain Police are investigating but have not said if it was a hate crime.

“This community lacks banking activity, this community lacks pharmacy, this community also lacks educational opportunities, so there is so much that could really be happening here,” said Williams.

“We need to restore value here in this community, so people know they matter.”

Authorities are investigating the incident, but have not clarified whether it was a hate crime.

“I’m only asking the community: please stay calm and let the police department conclude this investigation – and we will take the necessary steps that need to be taken, working closely with our district attorney’s office, to make sure we have a strong case if there is one to bring, ”said Police Chief Robert Hassell, according to the Telegram from Mont Rocheux.


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