Police on Thursday asked for the public’s help in identifying a man who allegedly assaulted a male cashier with a porcelain mug at a liquor store in Santa Fe Springs.
The incident was captured on surveillance video about 7:50 p.m. Oct. 9 at Bruce’s Liquor, located at 12623 Imperial Highway, the Whittier Police Department said in a statement.
Before the attack, the man being sought asked to use the clerk’s cellphone, according to investigators.
"When the clerk refused, the suspect went into a rage and destroyed the cash register and several other items on the counter," the statement said.
Footage of the encounter, posted on the Police Department’s Facebook page, seems to show a dark-haired man as he enters the store and walks up to the register. He is wearing a black hooded jacket or sweatshirt, gray pants and black shoes.
He appears to exchange words with a man behind the counter, who gestures with his right hand while holding an electronic device in the other.
The first man then swings his arms violently, knocking the cash register and other items off the counter. He apparently picks up a mug before he and the other man move out of the camera’s visibility.
The clerk was struck in the head by the mug and suffered minor injuries, authorities said. He was treated at a hospital.
Anyone with information about the attack was asked to call police Detective Wolfe at 562-409-1869, in regards to case No. #15-903667.
Correction: An earlier version of this story gave the incorrect day and month for when the attack occurred. The story has been updated.