Police: Clerk may lose eye after attempted robbery - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Police: Clerk may lose eye after attempted robbery

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A 65-year-old man was beaten so severely by a drunken suspect in search of beer that he may lose his eye.

The 65-year-old clerk says he was working at the Cenex in the 1400 block of N. Mullan when a drunk man walked into the store just after 2 a.m. The man wanted to buy beer but the clerk denied, saying it was past the cutoff for alcohol sales.

The clerk described the man as being friendly at first and says he tried to coax him into selling him the beer. After being denied by clerk, the suspect then bought a cup of coffee and told the clerk he reminded him of his grandfather, who he said was a "great guy."

The man spent the next several minutes pleading for the beer and was repeatedly told no to which he started to get angry.

The man went outside for a couple minutes and then returned to the counter where he grabbed the clerk and punched him in the face multiple times. The man then came around the counter and continued to attack the clerk, demanding that he get beer from a cooler. The suspect punched the clerk several more times before leaving the store empty handed.

After the suspect left, the clerk drove to the next nearest gas station for help.

Later, a doctor said the clerk had suffered fractures of his eye socket and that there was damage to the eye and air trapped inside.  She said that there was substantial risk that the victim would lose his eye and could suffer more serious consequences depending on injury to his sinus cavities.

The suspect is described as a white man in his mid-20s. He was described as being about 5'9" and 195 pounds. 

He was wearing a white baseball cap with a symbol on it, a light-colored tee shirt and jeans. He may have had on a ring that had a square-cut ruby or red stone.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

 

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