DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — A 7-Eleven customer’s rant turned into a violent attack on a man. The victim’s family is now worried, saying they haven’t heard from him in nearly a week.
A furious customer at the downtown Los Angeles store along 7th Street on May 1 was yelling at a clerk, prompting Myra Olvera to press record.
The victim was identified as 59-year-old Frankie Martinez. His sister told Eyewitness News that her brother suffers from anxiety, and although he has a cellphone, nobody has been able to reach him since the incident.
The concerned family said that they plan on filing a missing person’s report on Monday.
She said the clerk told the customer to wait until there was no line and they could heat up her food.
“She just goes off on the cashier, telling her you’re ugly, fat, hopefully, you get deported,” Olvera recalled.
Olvera said another customer near the door said, “Have some respect.” That’s when the woman launched into a swear-word-laden rant directed at him.
Olvera and other customers stayed back near the register and did not intervene.
“I was afraid because we don’t know, at this point, if they were going to pull out a gun or a weapon and try to shoot or, you know, stab someone,” Olvera said.
The woman began shouting at the man to go back to Mexico.
“That’s why ya’ll ….. family gets deported right …….. now! I’m glad Donald Trump is president!” the woman is heard yelling.
The verbal assault turned into a physical fight after a short time.
Olvera said this all happened after the May Day March. She wondered if that contributed to the woman’s rant against immigrants.