A 23-year-old Lasalle Avenue man was arrested about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday for allegedly throwing store items at a clerk in the 7-Eleven Store at 3211 Main Street, and a 23-year-old Riley Street man was arrested for pulling the suspect out of the rear seat of a police patrol car and beginning to slug him before officers intervened in front of the store.
Joshua Barnes was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and unlawful possession of marijuana found on him after a dispute with the store clerk over a pre-paid credit card that he had tried to use. The clerk expressed alarm but told police Barnes had damaged only about $20 worth of store goods before he was arrested.
Moments after Barnes was arrested and put in the back of a police patrol car, Julian Pearson allegedly opened the door and pulled out Barnes, who was not handcuffed, and they began fighting over some long-standing dispute they had before officers intervened. Pearson was charged with disorderly conduct.