Sick teens rob store AFTER clerk has a heart attack and collapses, leave without calling an ambulance
The two teenage suspects first stole pepperoni sticks, and then ignored the clerk while he suffered a heart attack to jump the counter and steal the store's cash
An Auburn, Washington store clerk who suffered a heart attack after arguing with two teenagers who proceeded to robbed the store after he collapsed on the floor is said to be fighting for his life at a state hospital. Video surveillance of the incident shows the two suspects ignore 34-year-old Zarif Kelada after he collapses, jump over the counter, steal the cash and nonchalantly walk out.
According to WTKR, at the time of the attack, Kelada had been arguing with the teens about payment for two pepperoni sticks that they opened and ate while inside the store. After he collapsed, the pair made no attempt to call for help and instead robbed him and made their getaway.
Kelada co-workers further revealed that the clerk, who is married and has three children, is the sole breadwinner for his family and that this recent setback will enforce a significant financial strain on the household. They say they're hoping and praying for the 34-year-old's recovery and that they want the authorities to bring the teens to justice.
The Auburn police released the surveillance footage on social media and the video chillingly replays the events that unfolded at the Shell Station store on Auburn Way South at 5:40 pm on Saturday. The video shows the two teenagers and another unrelated man walk into the store.
The clip then shows one of the teens immediately grab a pepperoni stick and then eat it before grabbing another one and handing it over to his friend. The other man can then be seen at the counter paying for something. Kelada had noticed the pair's splurge and proceeded to charge them for it.
One of the two suspects then hands over a note which seems to upset Kelada further. He walks out from behind the counter and gestures animatedly before slowly staggering back, hitting his head on a rack of water bottled, and collapsing on the ground.
The teens initially make a break for it, but then come back and walk over to the collapsed clerk. They then open the cash counter, pull out all of the bills, and leave the store. "I couldn't watch it the first time," Kelada's coworker Angela Sharapova said of the video. "I had to stop and walk away. It totally broke my heart."
Investigators revealed that the third man was not involved in the incident and that they have identified the suspects, though neither has been taken into custody yet. It would be several minutes before another bystander enters the store and calls 911 after seeing the clerk on the floor.
The delay in finding him help may prove crucial as Kelada is still in a critical condition at the Multicare Auburn Medical Center. A GoFundMe set up in his name to raise funds for medical bills, food, and rent has managed to raise over $12,000 in 18 hours.
Watch the heartbreaking video below.