Disturbing moment grocery store worker attacked by shoplifters who ram him with cart & punch him as he tries to escape

SHOCKING surveillance footage captured the moment a grocery store worker was attacked after trying to stop an alleged shoplifter.

Police are now searching for a group of people who assaulted the Ralphs employee in Encino, California, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, on Monday.

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Police are looking for three suspects involved in an assault on a Ralphs employee on MondayCredit: KTLA5
One of the suspects threw a punch at the employee seconds after approaching him

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One of the suspects threw a punch at the employee seconds after approaching himCredit: KTLA5

The attack is believed to have happened around 4:45 pm, reported Fox affiliate KTLA-TV.

Two videos of the attack were taken from different angles with one clip showing three people, one woman and two men, walking into the store and approaching a male and female employee.

After only a few seconds, one of the men throws a punch at the male employee and the two fight briefly out of the camera’s view.

However, the fight comes back into view, showing the male employee being attacked by multiple suspects.

Another angle shows the employee ducking and trying to run from the suspects after the first punch.

At some point, one of the suspects shoved a shopping cart into the employee.

An employee who provided the video to KTLA told the outlet that the incident began earlier that day.

The worker in the video had stopped a young woman from stealing bags full of products.

“A few hours later, the woman returned with the men seen in the video.“We are deeply saddened by a senseless act of violence that took place at our store at our Ralphs in Encino, yesterday,” said a spokesperson for Ralphs in a statement.

“Safety remains one of our core values and is top priority. We are working in full cooperation with local law enforcement to support their ongoing investigation and identifying the suspect(s).”

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A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said that officers arrived at the scene but wouldn’t confirm any other details.

It’s unclear if the male employee received any injuries following the attack.

RETAIL APOCALYPSE

A rise in theft at stores has made workers feel unsafe, making it harder to hire more employees, according to a business expert.

“I’ve actually witnessed some thefts sometimes when I have been in the local supermarket. So I know the impact in the community is that it’s hard, especially for the small business owners, because they’re losing inventory,” said LaShawn Lukes, president of the Chamber of Commerce in Hempstead, New York told Newsday.

“… Also, it’s a two-sided situation because now it’s hard to [hire] employees because they do not feel safe.”

Authorities and retail analysts have noted that a lack of staff on the shop floor, a rise in self-checkouts, and a high cost of living as the reasons for widespread theft.

Employee attacked at Ralphs

Three suspects were involved in an attack on an employee at Ralphs after the worker stopped them from stealing.

The suspects ran after the attack and police are now searching for them.

Witnesses were able to take photos of the car the suspects left in, however, police have not shared any details at this time.

The LAPD has not released a statement or update on the investigation

Just last month, a Walmart greeter was attacked by an angry customer over a receipt check.

Vincent Battaglia, 68, was checking receipts at a store in High Point, North Carolina when Trevon Waden, 27, allegedly punched him in the eye, according to a police report.

Waden and his girlfriend Tomeisha Robbs, 28, were later arrested at their home.

Police say Robbs got upset when Battaglia asked to see her receipt before telling her boyfriend to “take care of him,” prompting the attack.

The couple received misdemeanor assault charges while Waden was also charged with failure to appear in court regarding an unrelated case.

The U.S. Sun has reached out to Ralphs and the LAPD for comment.

At some point, one of the suspects rammed a shopping cart into the worker

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At some point, one of the suspects rammed a shopping cart into the workerCredit: KTLA5
It's unclear if the worker received any injuries

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It’s unclear if the worker received any injuriesCredit: KTLA5

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