Jackson police say a gas station clerk was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he chased and fired at a woman who allegedly stole gas from the station.
As the woman was heading back to the store, the clerk allegedly cut her off, got out of his vehicle and shot at the woman's SUV with a 40-caliber gun.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
A Jackson gas station owner arrested Tuesday after police say he chased and fired at a woman who allegedly left without paying for gas appeared in court again Friday.
Dayan Alharbi, 34, is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle. A judge set his bond at $50,000.
Alharbi's attorney, Andy Sumrall, and family had no comment after leaving a hearing in Jackson Municipal Court Wednesday.
Jackson police said Alharbi chased a woman who left the Circle D convenience store on Rainey Road after pumping $70 worth of gas and charging on a credit card that was declined.
Two women ages 20 and 21 and an infant boy and girl were inside the vehicle when, police say, the store owner shot into the green Chevrolet Tahoe. Police say no one was injured.
Attorney Ben Wilson is representing the women whose names he hasn't released.
"He got one of the victims out of the car and held a gun to her head...Let's assume the worst case scenario that that is true, which we don't believe is true, it still does not justify shooting multiple rounds," said the Jackson attorney.
Wilson said his clients are traumatized by the shooting.
He argued against bond calling Alharbi a flight risk.
"They are trying to recover. At this point they are dealing with two 1-year-old children that were in the car that was riddled with bullets and two mothers...The defendant he had ties outside Mississippi, perhaps outside this country," added Wilson.
Police say one of the women reportedly told the clerk her sister was around the corner and she would go get money to pay for the gas.
Police say the clerk then locked up the store and drove to the area where the woman went.
A witness at the scene, who requested to not be identified, explained the store owner was not in the wrong, in her opinion.
"As I was proceeding to go home, I see [the gas customer] coming down the street laughing and [joking] and that's when I seen [Alharbi] approaching her, trying to get his $70," explains the witness.
According to police, as the woman was heading back to the store, the clerk cut her off, got out of his vehicle and shot at the woman's SUV with a 40-caliber gun.
"I live in the neighborhood and [Alharbi's] never done no wrong to me, so I don't feel like what she did was right and instead of him being punished I think she should be punished," states the witness. "Because this man is here every day trying to make a living for his family and for her to come up here and act like she wanted to get gas then run off with it, that wasn't right."
Police say Alharbi pulled the patron from the car and assaulted her before taking some of her things. The victim's sister called for help.
Police say the woman is the victim, and she is not facing charges.