Suspect Arrested for Allegedly Punching Gas Station Clerk - NBC Southern California

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



    Suspect Arrested for Allegedly Punching Gas Station 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.

    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.

    Caught on Video: Man Punches Female Clerk

    [LA] 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.
    (Published Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013)

    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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