ST. LOUIS – Two men face misdemeanor charges after allegedly kicking a black woman outside a St. Louis convenience store, a confrontation that has spurred protests. Authorities say Ahmed Qandeel and Jehad Motan are charged with fourth-degree assault.
The confrontation happened Tuesday morning at a Gas Mart store. Protest organizer Darryl Gray says too many stores are disrespectful to the black community.
Police are guarding the store after over 100 protestors showed up around midnight. They busted out the front door to the Gas Mart and took money from the cash register. A nearby car was set on fire. We’re also told they stole cigarettes, lottery tickets, and other items from the store. No injuries have been reported, and no arrests have been made.
Police reviewed surveillance video and have since put crime scene tape around the store. Gas Mart has apologized to the public and to the woman.
FOX 2 reporter Jason Maxwell was on the scene. He obtained this video from inside the store after the demonstrators left the area. It shows broken windows and disheveled items: