Violent vandalism at Santa Ana 7-eleven store

Police released surveillance video a violent vandalism at Santa Ana 7-Eleven in their search for a suspect who assaulted a clerk and trashed the store.

Detectives are seeking a man who assaulted a clerk and trashed the 7-Eleven store after being denied both the use of the clerk’s cell phone and an after-hours purchase of alcohol.

The incident occurred at the 7-Eleven located at 1020 S. Bristol St., approximately 2:36 a.m. on August 25. The violent vandalism began when the suspect entered the convenience store few times and asking to use the cell phone, according to a Santa Ana Police Department news release.

The store manager told KTLA news the man demanded to use the clerk’s personal cell phone. He then left and returned, demanding to buy alcohol after 2 a.m. California law prohibits alcohol sales between 2 and 6 a.m.

“It was 2:30 am in the morning, and they were following the rules of the state,” police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. “The rest you see is the result of his tantrum.”

The 7-Eleven clerk told the man he will call police if he didn’t leave, store manager Rajev Tendon said. But the man “became destructive” and assaulted the clerk.

Surveillance video from inside the store then showed the man shoving items off the counter near the cashier, before apparently exiting the 7-Eleven. The clerk stands on the counter, holding an extended object and the clerk was trying to defend himself. Store manager Tendon said.

The footage cuts out and then shows the man smashing and destroying the storefront’s glass windows and doors. The man’s assault of the clerk occurred off camera, officer Bertagna said. The clerk didn’t want to return to work, store manager Tendon said. The vandalism caused approximately $2,000 worth of damage to the 7-Eleven, Santa Ana Police said.

Anyone who knows who the assailant is, or has information about the case, is asked to contact Investigative Specialist L. Delisle at 714-245-8647 or ldelisle@santa-ana.org. Those who would like to remain anonymous can contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.