Police are chasing thugs who stormed into the store and attacked the owner who kicked him out and told him to come back with a mask in locked Gateshead
- Nisa shopkeeper in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear was hit twice by customer
- The attack allegedly started when the customer was asked to wear a face mask
- Police released the CCTV footage of the attack for further details
The moment a shopkeeper was attacked by a customer for allegedly asking him to wear a face mask was recorded on video surveillance.
In the shocking footage, a man wearing a scarf over his face walks into a Nisa store in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear at 1:45 p.m. on September 13.
The man approaches an employee, grabs his shirt, and pulls him across the counter to hit him twice.
A man walks into a Nisa store in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear around 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, wearing a scarf over his face
The shopkeeper had cuts and bruises but was not seriously injured.
Chronicle Live reports that the suspect left the store and walked down the street.
Northumbria Police do not believe the attack was related to a robbery and may be related to an argument over the suspect being asked to wear a face mask.
According to reports, the shopkeeper made the request while he was free from wearing for health reasons.
The police released the CCTV footage to obtain more information from potential witnesses.
The suspect picks up the shopkeeper, who is not wearing a face mask for health reasons, and drags him onto the counter
The suspect is described as an Asian in his 20s or 30s, slim build and wearing a gray and black tracksuit.
Northumbria Police Department PC Martine Coxon said: “The victim worked behind the counter but did not wear a mask as he is tax exempt due to the underlying health condition.
Shortly before the attack, he had asked a customer to put on a mask, but the man challenged the employee because he was not wearing a mask himself.
The suspect then hits the shopkeeper twice before escaping the shop on foot. Allegedly, the attack was triggered by the shopkeeper, who asked the man to put on a face mask
& # 39; The man left the store as a result of the verbal argument and a short time later the suspect entered the store and attacked him.
“There could be other motives for this attack and we are open to why the victim was targeted.
“However, we are now asking for your help in tracking down the person responsible for what appears to be an unprovoked attack.
"This type of violence is totally unacceptable and we are determined to identify it and bring it to criminal justice."