In an incident caught on surveillance video, a Santa Ana gas station clerk who was beaten was able to grab one of his attackers and hold him till police arrived.
Authorities released video of the early-morning Feb. 2 beating on Friday in hope of locating one of the attackers who got away.
The incident occurred at the Arco station in the 300 block of West First Street (map), according to Santa Ana Police Department spokesman Anthony Bertagna.
Clerk Marcos Soriano said a man walked into the gas station’s convenience store about 5:30 a.m., when beer is not legal to sell. The man insisted that he wanted to buy beer, and Soriano told him to leave.
The man came back, grabbed some cookies, and Soriano jumped the counter to run out of the store after him.
Outside, Soriano discovered the man had an accomplice.
“The second guy said, ‘I want the beer,’ and he punched me,” Soriano said.
Then both men began kicking and punching Soriano.
But Soriano grabbed one of the men and wouldn’t let go. He held on till officers arrived a short time later, and then simply washed himself off and went back to work.
In the meantime, the first man had run away. Police are still looking for him, saying his name is Jesus Fuentes and he had a female getaway driver.
“It was pretty risky, but I was trying to take my own precautions,” Soriano said. “They didn’t have any weapons. So … lucky me, I guess.”
His manager saw it a bit differently.
“She was like, ‘You’re crazy, man,’” Soriano said.
Police took Luis Torralva into custody at the scene, but no information was available about his age or the charges he might face.
KTLA’s Chip Yost and Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.