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Mishawaka Police searching for suspect accused of assaulting store clerk over face mask

NOW: Mishawaka Police searching for suspect accused of assaulting store clerk over face mask

MISHAWAKA, Ind.—Mishawaka Police are asking the public for help identifying a suspect who is accused of assaulting a 7-Eleven store clerk over the use of a face mask.

On May 13 around 9 a.m., a man walked into the 7-Eleven at 601 N. Main Street in Mishawaka without wearing a mask and attempted to purchase a cup of coffee.

The store clerk told the man that he couldn’t be served because he was not wearing a mask, at which point the man threw a cup of coffee on the store clerk and left, police said.

7-Eleven has signs posted that face masks are required while inside of the store due to health department and CDC guidelines. 

According to reports, the suspect returned to the store and was asked to leave but he then punched the clerk, knocking her to the ground.

The suspect then punched and kicked the clerk before leaving the store, police said.

Police describe the suspect as a light skin black male with small dreads. He is between 5’9” and 5’10” and weighs about 150 pounds. The suspect was wearing jeans with holes in them, a dark gray or black light coat with a hood on it and bight blue tennis shoes.

The suspect is believed to be between 20 and 25 years of age. 

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or the alleged aggravated assault can contact the Mishawaka Police Detective Bureau at 574-258-1684.

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shawn 21 days ago
Two of the women that work mornings at that particular 7-11 are straight up arseholes. I dont condone this guys actions but I definitely question the story. Twice now I've had a cup of coffee taken out of my hand (bold move) and refused service. Once because I used a Big Gulp cup full of ice an just the other day because I didn't have a mask on. Then I watched a guy come in to fix the ice machine come in a say he doesn't have a mask an the employee said it's ok, he doesn't need one.
JoeSmith 21 days ago
Still doesn't give this black guy to hit the cashier over having to wear a mask! He is out of line for doing this in the first place! The Mayor of SB even said it is required and I'm sure it applies to Mishawaka too, even if it's a different city!
K JoeSmith 21 days ago
actually it was a policy implemented by the st joe county health dept so it applies to all of st joe county..
AshleyWinters 21 days ago
I also had issues with then refusing to serve me. My car broke down and I needed jumper cables I didnt have my mask with me at the time. I got all the way to the check out and she said no mask no service. I explained what happened and that i needed the jumper cables to jump my car. She again said no mask no service. I find this very rude and very inconsiderate of an emergency situation. What if my kids were in the car? Additionally, there is NO sign that says they will NOT serve us without a mask. It is the same sign that is on every store and grocery store and it clearly says people who cant wear masks due to a medical condition dont have to. So, how do they know I dont have a medical condition? They didnt ask and woildnt listen. I think what this man did is wrong but if they are as disrespectful and rude to them as they were to me, I can understand how angry that can make someone. . I will NEVER shop at a 711 again even when this is all over!
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