Convenience Store Brawl: Caught on Video

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

Sparks, NV - Chaos breaks out inside a Sparks convenience store when two guys try to take down the clerks. It gets so violent, customers pitch in to help out. And it's all caught on video.

The district manager at the Rainbow Market at Commerce Street and Rock Boulevard says he's seen an increase in theft. But this time, these suspects didn't steal a thing. On Monday around 8pm, one man tried to walk into the store with a backpack. When the clerk told him to leave it at the front and he refused, he was asked to leave. That's when things started to get violent.

As surveillance video shows, the confrontation begins at the door.

"They were asked to leave and they got violent with the clerk," says Jim White, the district manager at the Rainbow Market.

In the video, you can see how, instead of backing away, a pair of young men keeps moving forward...until one of them shoves the clerk. That's when fists begin flying as the fight gets dragged inside.

"There were several customers in the store," says White. "The two guys are trying to drag the clerk down," he says, pointing to what's going on in the video.

A second clerk at the register calls police, but then realizes he has to jump in.

"The customer took the phone and continues talking with police while he went and helped out his fellow clerk," says White.

Over by the beer case...

"The two guys have got the one guy down. He's trying to pull the other guy off," says White, as he continues to describe the video.

The beer and energy drink displays are toppled and trashed.
The whole brawl only lasts for a couple of minutes as police show up and take the pair into custody.

Tyrell Uribe-Furst and Christopher Peterson now face burglary charges, though they didn't take anything, because they're accused of committing a crime on someone else's property. But they did cause quite a commotion.

"Lots of broken merchandise," says White. "You can see from the pictures it was just everywhere."

As for the two clerks...

"They were in pretty good spirits afterwards," says White. We're just thankful none of our people got hurt."

Store managers don't know if the two suspects came there to take anything or just start trouble. But they say they prosecute anyone they believe causes any kind of mischief.

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