Update: Warrant Issued For Suspect Who Punched Clerk

By: John Chapman, Jacki Ochoa Email
By: John Chapman, Jacki Ochoa Email

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the man suspected of punching a Bellevue convenience store clerk a week ago. Police are looking for 55-year-old Roger Janis.

Police identified Janis as the man on surveillance video punching 26-year-old Halima Kamran twice in the face on the night of March 6th after she refused him service.

Kamran had worked at the Tobacco Hut near 40th and Harrison just seven months when this happened. “My jaw kind of hurts, 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."

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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."

Police found Janis' car at 39th and Monroe in Omaha. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call police at 402-293-3200.

Working in a convenience store can be risky business, but if you listen to your training you can take some of the risk out of the job.

We all have seen it before, scary images from surveillance video of convenience store clerks being robbed, intimidated and assaulted. Amie Ferrell is a convenience store manager who trains clerks and teaches that safety is the most important thing.

“Don’t catch yourself in other parts of the store or outside, make sure you're watching the store at all times, look around, look at your surroundings, don’t do anything after dark outside.”

Every now and then a clerk will win one for the team, but they always have to think about what could happen to them. “We got robbed in November, things have been great since then, but it’s always in the back of your mind, it’s definitely a risk that’s for sure.”

Ferrell says the job of a convenience store clerk can be pretty easy, but it comes with some risk and for some of her younger applicants that risk can be too much. “Two kids that did want to work here and their dad came back and said their mother didn’t want them to work here. I understand, but regardless of where you go this happens.”

Ferrell says you never want to follow a customer out of the store and always be quick to call police.

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