LAKEWOOD - Sheriff's officials are asking the public's help in identifying a man suspected of assaulting a gas station clerk over the price of a cigar.Surveillance video captured the altercation, which occurred at about 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 7. The video, released by detectives last week, shows a man enter the Chevron gas station at 4910 Lakewood Blvd. in Lakewood and ask for a Swisher Sweet cigar priced at $1.41. Authorities say the man handed the female clerk a one dollar bill. When the employee told him he needed an additional 41 cents, the man leaned over the front counter and hit the clerk in the face, causing a "severe" injury. The man is described as black, 35-45 years old, 6 ft. to 6 ft. 4 inches tall, and about 215 pounds. He has short black hair with a slight mustache and beard. Anyone with information on the man's identity is asked to call authorities at (562) 623-3500. To remain anonymous, call (800) 222-8477 or text the letters TIPLA, plus your tip, to 274637.
********** Published: Oct. 3, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 25