SAN JOSE -- The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office has released video surveillance of a man who began throwing bottles at a liquor store clerk during a beer run gone bad.
The video shows the man throwing two bottles of liquor at the clerk, who in turn defends himself by swinging a garden tool at the assailant. The man eventually threw the store clerk to the ground and punched him repeatedly, according to the sheriff's office.
The robbery occurred on June 16 at a liquor store in the 400 block of Bascom Avenue in unincorporated San Jose. The man picked up a case of beer and went to the counter as if he was going to pay, according to the sheriff's office.
The man then asked the clerk about prices of liquor bottles located behind the counter. When the clerk turned around to check the price, the man walked behind the counter and grabbed bottles of liquor and cigarettes, according to the sheriff's office. The clerk confronted the man, who then grabbed a bottle of liquor and raised it above his head like he was going to hit the victim.
The man started throwing liquor bottles at the clerk, striking him several times. The clerk then rushed the man with a garden tool and began swinging at him.
The man started attacking the clerk by throwing him to the ground and punching him, according to the sheriff's office. The suspect eventually left the business after another customer stepped in to stop the attack. The suspect got into a white car and fled the area.
The suspect is described as a man, about 5-feet, 8-inches and 160 to 180 pounds with black curly hair in a ponytail and a mustache. He was wearing a backwards black hat with "SF" written on it and a black T-shirt that said "CALI LIFE" on the front.
Anyone with information on this person is asked to contact detective Sgt. Brown at the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office at 408-808-4431.
Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him at Twitter.com/markmgomez.