Two 7-Eleven workers who beat the crap out of a man who was robbing their Stockton, California store will not be charged for it and the thief has now been arrested and charged.
(Video Credit: KCRA 3)
Tyrone Frazier, 42, hit the store, reportedly stealing cigarettes and throwing them in a trash can he was wheeling. Then he was confronted over it by the Sikh employees. It was reportedly the third time in two days he had tried to rip off the store. Previously he had tried to intimidate staff by claiming he had a handgun. This time, that didn’t work and he found out the hard way that the Sikhs were not going to impotently stand by while someone robbed them blind.
A video of the altercation went viral showing two employees taking matters into their own hands with one holding Frazier down as the other took a stick to him and beat him until he cried.
At first, reports circulated that the employees were under investigation by the Stockton Police Department for the savage beating they gave the thief. After massive public outcry, Republican Mayor Kevin Lincoln announced they were not under investigation and the only person that stood to be arrested was the suspect.
Prominent civil rights attorney Leo Terrell slammed the rumored investigation into the employees in an interview with Fox News.
“Who is at fault is very simply the criminal, look at how relaxed he is. That is the Democratic laws that are in California, where the criminal is the victim,” he said.
Sikh grocery store owner was told that “there ain’t nothing you can do” repeatedly and that “ayy, just let him go” as they were being robbed. The Sikhs disagreed. pic.twitter.com/ZIb5CVLMNl
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 2, 2023
Wannabe robber gets what he deserveshttps://t.co/14Ov7u7E7s
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) August 3, 2023
“Because you know the system is racist. This district attorney should have that criminal in jail right now because he did it not just once, but twice. If there is any focus on these shop owners who are trying to protect their property, no way. They should not be charged with a criminal crime,” Terrell continued.
“If there is some type of civil suit, that criminal will have zero chance of prevailing. 7-Eleven should back up these shop owners…This is what is happening right now because people are tired of being attacked, robbed, and physically assaulted,” he added.
“These owners tried to deter this guy… This DA that has to review this case should not file charges against these shop owners, it sends the wrong message,” Terrell concluded.
(Video Credit: Fox News)
Fearing a public backlash, it appears that authorities decided it would make them look bad if they went after the employees who were protecting the store.
The man seen getting clobbered by employees while attempting to rob a California 7-Eleven was arrested — and connected to a string of crimes in the area, including two previous robberies at the store seen in the viral video of his beatdown.
Tyrone Frazier, 42, was picked up… pic.twitter.com/mzwSbzjxh5
— Paul Kang (@LPaulKang) August 9, 2023
I’m relieved @kevinjlincoln says the Stockton 7-11 Sikhs are not suspects. But just in case, I contacted them and, with the help of law student @trisdhaliwal and @jpdeol, helped them secure great legal counsel. If necessary, we are prepared to defend them fully! stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/hZKUnaKIwn
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) August 9, 2023
The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office told KCRA on Tuesday that it would only be investigating the suspected thief in the video.
A Statement from District Attorney Ron Freitas:
“The Stockton 7-11 Store Clerks are not & have never been, suspects of the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.
Any Investigation going forward is to hold accountable the individual who threatened & attempted to rob them
— San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office (@sjcda_media) August 8, 2023
The Stockton Police released a statement on the matter as well, saying, “On August 7, 2023, at 11:24 p.m., Stockton Police responded to the 100 block of E Weber Ave on a report of vandalism. They located 42-year-old Tyrone Frazier at the scene. Frazier was arrested in connection to the series of robberies at 7-Eleven, burglary, and other outstanding warrants.”
“A series of robberies occurred at the 7-Eleven on Center St. Officers arrived on scene of the robberies within two minutes of being reported. On both occasions, the suspect had fled the area prior to Police arrival,” the statement continued.
“On July 29, 2023, at 3:05 a.m., Officers responded to Center/Market St to meet with Stockton Fire for a subject complaining of pain from being struck by a stick. He was later identified as Tyrone Frazier. Frazier refused to provide further information on how he obtained his injuries,” officers noted.
“Officers were not aware of Frazier’s involvement in the robberies at 7-Eleven. Once the viral video surfaced, Officers were made aware there was a third robbery that had not been reported to the Police,” the statement contended.
“Once interviews have been conducted and evidence has been collected regarding the robberies, all findings will be forwarded to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office for review. We would like to remind the community to report criminal activity as soon as safely possible and when you see something, say something,” the statement concluded.
Twitter applauded the employees and the news that they won’t be charged for the beating:
Stockton Mayor Kevin Lincoln announces that the Sikh 7-Eleven store clerks seen on a viral video dispensing justice to a shoplifter are not being charged or investigated.
“Any investigation going forward is to hold accountable the individual who threatened and attempted to rob… pic.twitter.com/9Stwht2oLv
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 9, 2023
Not surprised that Stockton Mayor is a Republican. California has some great Republicans; being subjected to constant insanity from the Democrat majorities can make some people more conservative. It happened to me…
— Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) August 9, 2023
These men need a holiday declared in their honor.
— no_side666 (@no_side666) August 9, 2023
Evidence there’s still some sanity left in Cali.
— EverFaithful (@sheydayi_p) August 10, 2023
Finally something that makes sense.
— Jpow (@federalistfive) August 10, 2023
Pray for these brave MEN
— SrPepe Nakamoto (@PepeNakamoto) August 9, 2023
What is incredible is that we are surprised at this.
Astonishing that it has become so acceptable that those who try to stop criminals are more likely to get punished than the criminals themselves
— Miss Jo (@therealmissjo) August 9, 2023
In a city rife with crime to even suggest they should be investigated was a misstep by SPD.
For reference this 7-11 is ACROSS THE STREET from the Police Dept.@StocktonPolice
— Capadona (@Sablinovia) August 9, 2023
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