Police search for suspects in auto shop assault caught on camera

Police search for suspects in auto shop assault caught on camera

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A “heated discussion” ended with an assault of a Midas employee and now District Four officers ask for your help in finding the suspects.

On July 20, a worker at the Midas shop on Reading Road was assaulted by two men inside the store, the Cincinnati Police Department wrote on Facebook.

The post on social media claims the situation started with a minor crash in the store’s parking lot.

Police say an employee was backing out a car in the parking lot when they accidentally hit the suspects’ vehicle.

“They became pretty irate with Midas and tried to strong-arm them to give them money just to pay for it right then and there,” said Cincinnati Police Detective Brett Gleckler.

The Midas regional manager says their policy is for the person to file a report and insurance would then pay for the repair.

That’s what the manager was trying to explain to the two before the assault.

“The first suspect punched the manager, then the second subject jumped in and the second punch is what hit the manager on the side of the face and then his head hit the wall,” explained the detective. “Then he was basically knocked out and fell to the ground.”

Det. Gleckler says the first suspect also grabbed a rubber mallet from outside the store.

The suspect is seen hitting the manager with that mallet in the video.

The manager told FOX19 Now he had to get 10 stitches on his left eye and his ear was swollen and bruised. He didn’t want to speak with us on camera for the safety of him and his employees, but he says he is back to work and feeling better.

Now, police need your help to identify the two suspects.

Police think the two were driving an early 2000s-model black Impala with tinted windows and large rims. Gleckler says the two people are each facing a preliminary charge of felonious assault.

Anyone with information on these suspects is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 513-352-3040 or send a tip online to TIP411.

Police say you may receive a reward for your information.

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