YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – An employee of Reemas Fashion on South Avenue said he was assaulted when trying to stop two suspicious customers from leaving the store.
Saleh Musaid said he asked a female customer for her identification after she tried to make a $100 purchase. He said the woman refused to give him an ID and left the store with the items.
“As soon as she walked out, I tried to follow her. Her man was stopping me,” Musaid said.
The incident spilled out into the store’s parking lot, where Musaid said he tried to open the passenger door of the couple’s car. He said at that time, the woman bit his arm and the man tried hitting him with a hammer while driving away.
Musaid was then struck by the vehicle as it sped away, watching the merchandise and his attackers drive away.
It was the second purchase the couple had made, the first one going through with a different clerk.
Musaid said he had a gun, but he didn’t want to use it. In his mind was a 2014 shooting at the same store, which killed then-owner Abdullah Mahdi.
“I was the one who was supposed to take his place that day, but because I had a meeting at YSU, and he was my boss, I asked him to excuse me, and he said, ‘No problem. I’ll cover for you.’ And he ended up being murdered in the store, right there on that spot,” he said.
Larry McDonald, 19, was convicted of the shooting. He was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.
Musaid said he loves the south side neighborhood but acknowledges that too many bad things happen in the area.