Distressing video shows teen pummel cashier as gang of kids swipe candy, vapes

23:10 18.09.2023 - New York Post

A Washington State gas station cashier was pummeled relentlessly by a teen while four other youths raided shelves for candy, vapes, cigarettes and just a handful of cash, police said.

Harrowing footage from inside the Friendly Normandy Market, in Normandy Park, captured the moment a teen in a black hoodie began swinging wildly at cashier Leah Johnston - in order to buy time for his accomplices to rob the gas station Friday night.

The boy delivered blow after blow to Johnston, who tried yelling at him to stop as she covered her face and fell to the ground.

"At one point I told him, You can stop hitting me. I'm not fighting you,'" Johnston told Fox 13. "It didn't slow him down.

"They were laughing. They had no [regard] for anything," she added. "They don't care anymore."

As Johnston suffered the severe beating, the other teens - wearing matching black hoodies and pants - pillaged the cigarette case behind the cash register.

The teens could be seen dropping most of their haul as they ran out, and they ended up taking less than $100 from the register.

Officials said a total of six suspects were involved in the assault and robbery at the gas station.

Police said the suspects were believed to be teenagers, who fled the scene in a stolen Kia and Hyundai. The cars were recovered following the incident.

Johnston said that while she's heard about these kinds of raids, which have plagued big city retailers in recent years, she never imagined it would happen at her shop.

"I know in the back of my mind it can always happen, but I never thought that I would be attacked the way I was attacked." Johnston said.

"I mean, my face hurts, but my pride, I think, hurts more," she lamented.

Normandy Park Police said they have teamed up with King County Sheriff's Department in investigating the case, with Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound offering a $1,000 cash reward for information on the suspects.

/ Monday, September 18, 2023, 11:10 PM /

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'They were laughing': Woman viciously beaten at Seattle-area gas station over cash, cigs and candy

Security video shows cashier's brutal beating as young men rob gas station.

A cashier who was viciously beaten during a robbery at a Seattle-area gas station said the young male suspects laughed during the attack.

 ..... They had no [regard] for anything," Leah Johnston told FOX13.

The attack happened Friday night at the Friendly Normandy Market in Normandy Park, Washington.

Surveillance video shows one suspect punching Johnston repeatedly in the head and neck, then kneeing her in the stomach as five other men ransack the store.


At one point, Johnston falls to the floor and the suspect kicks her before the group finally runs off. Johnston said the suspects got away with less than $100 cash and handfuls of candy and merchandise from the cigarette case.


Johnston told KOMO News she had a bad feeling as soon as the six young men walked in wearing all black clothing and masks.

"When I saw them come through the door with the masks and what not, I had a feeling something was going to happen, and I mentally prepared myself to be robbed," she said. "I was not prepared to be attacked."

All six suspects took off in stolen cars, a Kia and a Hyundai, police told local media. Both cars have been found, but police are still looking for the suspects.

"Kids don't seem to fear anything anymore," she added. "There's like, no repercussions for them the way there used to be."

Normandy Park is a small city located just south of Seattle. The city's police department reported two robberies in 2022, according to an annual crime report from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

Johnston said her pride hurts more than the physical injuries after the attack. She told local media she's taking some time off work but will return eventually.

"I'm not going to let them win," she said. "I like this community. I like the people and I love my job."

The store's owner told KOMO News they would implement extra safety measures, including adding more staff during the night shift.

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