Suspect Arrested for Allegedly Punching Gas Station Clerk

Kendrick Ruth was allegedly caught on camera attacking a gas station clerk, apparently over a $1.41 cigar

By Kyler Jae
|  Friday, Oct 4, 2013  |  Updated 6:39 AM PDT
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Caught on Video: Man Punches Female Clerk

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Surveillance video from a Lakewood Chevron shows a man who police say is Kendrick Ruth, 35, allegedly punching a 23-year-old employee across the counter over what police say was a dispute over 41 cents.

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Caught on Video: Man Punches Female Clerk

A man in his late 30s is wanted for punching a 23-year-old woman over a $1.41 cigar. The blow inflicted permanent damage to the employee's eye. Kate Larsen reports from Lakewood for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2013.
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A man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the caught-on-camera assault of a 23-year-old woman working behind the counter at a Lakewood gas station.

Kendrick Ruth, 35, was found and arrested as he left a Long Beach motel, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lakewood Station officials said in a news release.

Surveillance footage from the gas station shows the Long Beach resident allegedly punching Yadira Lara, 23, in the face on Sept. 7 over a cigar that cost less than $2.

Authorities said Ruth tried to pay for the $1.41 Swisher Sweet cigar with only a $1 bill.

When Lara refused to give him the cigar, Ruth allegedly punched her between her eyes and left with the cigar in his pocket, officials said.

"I just blacked out for a while, just looking for my glasses," Lara told NBC4 Sept. 28, after authorities released details of the attack and asked for the public's help to find the suspect.

"I just wish I just could've given it to him and none of this would have happened."

The punch re-injured a childhood injury, leaving Lara with permanent eye damage that could cause her to lose sight completely in her left eye.

Ruth was booked for robbery and assault , and his bail set at $100,000, the Lakewood Sheriff’s Department said in a press release.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

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