Gas station clerk arrested after attacking customer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police have arrested a local gas station clerk after he reportedly attacked a customer.

The incident happened Sept. 14 at a gas station in the 1200 block of Lamar Avenue.

The victim told police he went to the gas station to exchange a faulty cigarette lighter, according to an affidavit.

A confrontation ensued, and the clerk, identified as Hareth Ali Saleh, asked the victim to leave.

Saleh then approached the victim as he was leaving the store, and the two began fist fighting, according to the affidavit.

Saleh locked the door the store and attacked the victim with a meat tenderizer.

According to the affidavit, the victim was hit on his head, side and back with the meat tenderizer.

Saleh then unlocked the door and the victim left.

A witness told police she was inside the store at the time of the attack and had to jump over an ice cream cooler to avoid being hit.

The witness asked to leave the gas station during the confrontation, but her request was ignored, according to the affidavit.

The witness was able to leave when Saleh unlocked the door.

The witness’s sister called the police, according to the affidavit.

While the victim and witness waited for police, Saleh came out of the store with the meat tenderizer and threatened them, demanding they leave the gas station.

Police returned to the gas station on Sept. 18 to retrieve video surveillance of the incident.

Saleh was taken into custody, where he denied locking the door and attacking the victim with the meat tenderizer, according to the affidavit.

He has been charged with Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault and False Imprisonment.