Clerk holds 11-year-old at gunpoint, locks door
An 11-year-old boy was held at gunpoint inside a convenience store because the clerk thought he would steal something, according to police.
ATLANTA (WXIA) - An 11-year-old boy was held at gunpoint inside a convenience store because the clerk thought he would steal something, according to police.
In the early morning hours of July 16, 11-year-old Dylan Curate entered the Big Brother's Grocery store on Lee St.
Abhishek Dubey, a clerk, told police he observed Curate walk around the store and heard him say, "hold the door."
The police incident report reads, "In the past, Mr. Dubey advised that young kids had come to the store and stole multiple items by having one person hold the door while several others rush in to steal. Thinking that this was the case, Mr.Dubey locked the door remotely. He then took out an unloaded, broken Heritage Rough Rider .22 calibre (sic) revolver and pointed it at the victim, telling him to leave."
The child, who was inside the store with another person, was unarmed and did not have any merchandise in his hand.
They left and told his mom what happened. Deangela Terriquez called police who reviewed camera footage from the store.
Dubey was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
Coalition of Civil Right Leaders and Activists planned a protest in support of Curte's family for Friday July 22 outside of the store.
"This gross maltreatment of another human being, particularly a child will not be swept under a rug. We are gathering to protest this store today, and every day following to do two things," a press release read.
They are calling for a "full and fair investigation," for the video of the incident to be released and for the store to leave the neighborhood.
"This could have been anyone's son treated unfairly, and it very well could have resulted in blood shed. The owners’ display of prejudice is glaring, and he does not need to do business in our community," the release went on to read.
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