North Carolina store owner arrested for beating customer who was having seizure with stick

A North Carolina convenience store owner was arrested after allegedly beating a customer who was having a seizure with a stick.

Sobhi Hassan is accused of hospitalising Gregory Evans inside the Princess Market in Rocky Mount, reports said.

According to some members of Mr Evans’ family, he was confronted by the 68-year-old clerk as the seizure began, which took place at around 12:30amon 22 December.

CCTV footage shows Mr Hassan striking the customer with a stick, to which he then groans in pain.

Mr Hassan was arrested by the Rocky Mount Police Department and charged with simple assault, the report added.

Some members of the local community have been calling for the closure of the Princess Market in the wake of the attack. They claim that Mr Hassan has behaved in a “negative and discriminatory way” for several years, suggesting that the recently transpired video footage is the final straw.

“This community is lacking banking activity, this community is lacking a pharmacy, this community is lacking educational opportunities as well, so there’s so much that could really go on here,” Rocky Mount resident Bronson Williams claimed.

“We’ve got to restore value back here in this community so that people can know that they do matter.”

“He’s a little slow, and he still doesn’t have full mobility of his body at this time,” the victim’s sister, Edith Cooper, gave an update on Mr Evans’s condition.