Shocking footage has emerged of a pair of teens robbing a store clerk, even after he suffered a heart attack right in front of them.
The horrific incident occurred in Auburn, Washington Saturday, when two teenagers and an adult male got into an argument with a Shell station attendant who said the pair owed money for two pepperoni sticks that had arrogantly helped themselves to. After walking around the counter and confronting the group, clerk Zarif Kelada suddenly staggered forward and collided with a water bottle stand before collapsing to the ground.
“He was saying ‘This is wrong and you have to pay for it.’ And at this point, he stepped back to behind the counter and that’s when he collapsed,” store manager Angela Sharapova told KOMO.
What happened next was utterly vile.
Instead of physically helping the clerk, or at the very least calling 911, the two boys seize their opportunity and pounce on the unmanned checkout. The man chose not to participate in the robbery, but also failed to signal for help – he simply strolled out the door, leaving Zarif dying on the ground. After stealing cigarettes and over $150 from the register, one of the boys committed a final act of defiance, ripping a dollar bill out of Kelada’s hand as he lay on the ground, struggling for air.
After the boys returned twice to steal as much as they could get their hands on, another customer eventually entered the store and got a grasp of the emergency medical situation. “He asked the people that were outside at the pump to call 911; he rushed back inside and started performing CPR on the [clerk],” Sharapova explained. “I don’t know who these people are, but they are the true angels.”
Police have said they’ve already identified the two suspects, and are reaching out to the public for help with locating them so they can be brought to justice. According to ABC News, the Auburn Police Department is asking that anyone with information about the two boys call the police tip line at 253-288-7403.
Authorities also noted that they had interviewed the adult male and that he was not associated with the boys.
Meanwhile, Kelada is fighting for survival and is currently being kept alive by a life support machine.
“It just blows my mind. It breaks our hearts,” Sharapova said. “We can’t believe that this happened… Now this guy is fighting for his life. He has three little children. He has a stay-at-home wife. We just pray to God that he makes it.”