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Man Pleads Guilty To Punching Clerk At Tobacco Hut


The man accused of punching a clerk on camera after she refused to sell him alcohol could face a year in jail and fines when he is sentenced. He plead guilty to the assault in court on Tuesday morning.

Fifty-five-year-old Roger Janis was identified as the suspect who punched 26-year-old Halima Kamran twice in the face on the night of March 6th after she refused him service.

In court Monday, Janis plead guilty to 3rd degree assault. As part of the deal, a felony terroristic threats charge was dropped.

Kamran had worked at the Tobacco Hut near 40th and Harrison just seven months when the assault happened. “My jaw kind of hurts," she said in an interview in March with WOWT 6 News. "It's a little sore. My front teeth are very sensitive right now. The cut in my lip doesn't hurt as much as it did last night."

Janis was refused service and allegedly caused a disturbance because he was intoxicated. He asked to leave the store for making violent threats. "I was told by my management earlier in my shift not to sell to this gentleman if he came into the store." But he came back around 7:30 p.m. last Wednesday.

"His speech was a little slurred, he was very aggressive, very loud." Kamran repeatedly refused to sell him alcohol. “He threatened to send people back up here to shoot at us and then he also threatened to jump over the counter in order to grab the bottle himself."

Kamran went outside to take down his license plate number when he punched her twice in the face. “This man, if he is capable of doing this to complete strangers, God only knows what this man is capable of."

The assault was caught on surveillance video that police released in hopes of identifying and arresting Janis.

Janis faces 1 year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.


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