A man at a Lakewood, California Chevron gas station punched the female attendant because he did not have the extra 41 cents he needed for a cigar. The suspect is described as between 35 and 45 years old, between 6 feet and 6 feet 4 inches tall, and weighing about 215 to 225 pounds. Video via Daily Mail:
NBC Los Angeles reported:
A 23-year-old California woman was punched in the face by a man nearly twice her age over a cigar that cost less than $2, and investigators are asking for the public’s help to find the attacker.
The victim was working behind the counter at a Chevron gas station at Lakewood and Del Almo boulevard in Lakewood when the assailant tried to buy a $1.41 Swisher Sweet cigar.
After waiting in a long line, the customer handed the employee a $1 bill.
When she told him he needed 41 cents more, he threatened the clerk and tried to grab the cigar from her hand, sheriff’s officials said.
Leaning over the counter, the man then winds up, punches the woman between the eyes then runs away.
“I just blacked out for awhile, just looking for my glasses,” victim Yadira Lara recalled.
The blow re-injured Lara’s left eye from a childhood injury and she’s now left with permanent damage to her eye that could leave her blind.
Anyone with information in the case is urged to call the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station at 562-623-3500. Anonymous tips can be called into LA Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS, by texting the letters TIPLA plus a tip to CRIMEhttp://twitpic.com/dfxeqoS (274637).