AUBURN, Wash. – A gas station clerk in Washington state is in the hospital after suffering a heart attack and being robbed by two teenage suspects Saturday. The incident was captured on the store's surveillance video.
The video shows Zarif Kelada, 35, collapsing after telling two teens that they needed to pay for pepperoni sticks they opened and were eating in the store. The clerk is seen stumbling into a display and falling.
While Kelada is unconscious on the floor, the teens are seen stealing merchandise and cash out of the register. Police said one of the teenagers stole a dollar from the clerk's pocket while he was unconscious. An adult man is also seen in the store. He leaves as the teens open the cash register.
The teens appear to leave the store after the robbery without ever calling for help.
Watch the video below:
*** Please see update posted on 09/11. All suspects have been identified ***
** Someone knows who these people are who did not care at all about this man's well-being. Please help identify them so that they are brought to justice ** On 9/8/2018 at approx. 5:41 PM an adult male along with two teenage males entered the Shell gas station at 201 Auburn Way South in Auburn. One of the teenagers grabbed what appears to be a pepperoni stick from the counter and starts to eat it. He grabs a second one and gives it to the other teenager. The adult male then comes to the counter to purchase an item. It appears that the clerk attempts to charge the adult for the pepperoni sticks and an argument ensues. The clerk was given a dollar bill from one of the teenagers. The clerk becomes upset and approaches the teenagers and begins to talk to them. After speaking with them the clerk, with the dollar bill still in his hand, turns to return to the register area and immediately appears to have a major medical issue and collapses to the floor. One of the teenagers reaches down and takes the dollar bill back from the clerk while he is on the ground. The adult male then exits the store. While the clerk is on the ground unconscious, the two teenage males exit and enter the store a couple of times stealing merchandise and taking all the money from the cash register. While the clerk was on the ground dying, neither of the three subjects who saw him fall to the ground called for help. Approx. 3 minutes later a subject entered the store and saw the clerk on the ground and immediately called 911. Currently the store clerk is still alive but in critical condition. The Auburn Police Department is asking for the communities help identifying the three subjects who were in the store at the time the clerk fell to the ground. If you have any information regarding this incident please call the Auburn Police tip line at 253-288-7403.Posted by Auburn WA Police Department on Monday, September 10, 2018
Police said several minutes passed before a bystander entered the store and found Kelada on the floor. The bystander called 911 and the clerk was taken to the hospital.
Kelada's coworkers told Q13 Fox that Wednesday is Kalada's 35th birthday. They said he is the primary breadwinner for his wife and three children.
As of Tuesday, Kelada was at the hospital in critical condition, Q13 reported.
Kelada's coworkers created a GoFundMe campaign to help with medical expenses. As of Wednesday morning, the campaign had raised nearly $16,000 of a $10,000 goal.
Investigators announced Tuesday that they identified all suspects in the video, though they are not yet in custody.