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$1,000 reward offered for information in robbery of North Side store owner



Published: Wed, April 25, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.
  Grocery store robbery and beating

The Greater Valley Grocery Association, in conjunction with the Wick Park
Neighborhood Committee, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading
to the capture and conviction of three men who, at gunpoint, robbed and beat
the owner of the Rainbow Red and White Grocery Store.

The Greater Valley Grocery Association, in conjunction with the Wick Park Neighborhood Committee, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of three men who, at gunpoint, robbed and beat the owner of the Rainbow Red and White Grocery Store.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A reward is offered to find the men who beat and robbed a North Side convenience store owner this week.

The Greater Valley Grocery Association, in conjunction with the Wick Park Neighborhood Committee, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of three men who, at gunpoint, robbed and beat the owner of the Rainbow Red and White Grocery Store.

The Niser family are owners of the Elm Street store.

Video of the robbery and attack, which can be seen at Vindy.com, shows two men — one a tall, thin, dark-skinned black male in a black jacket, black pants and skull cap, and the other a light brown-skinned black male with a full beard and mustache, also wearing a black jacket, black pants and skull cap — walking into the store at 5:38 p.m. Sunday

Both of the men began beating owner Jihad Niser.

A third man came into the store while the beating was taking place and began to steal various items, including a cigar box behind the counter containing cash for the business. A gun was placed to the owner’s head, but no shots were fired.

Majd Niser, a son of Jihad Niser’s, said, “I watched it [the video] with the police and have not watched it since because you grow up looking at your dad as like a Hercules, and then you see these people abusing this almost 60-year-old man. It’s terrible. We are just regular people trying to make a living.”

Jihad Niser received stitches to both sides of his head after the attack.

Majd Niser said his father is getting better but still dealing with the trauma of what took place during the attack.

Detective Sgt. Don Scott called the beating unnecessary and brutal.

“They did not have to beat him the way they beat him. They chose to beat him like that,” he said.

Scott said the department is making headway in the case. Fingerprints believed to be those of the attackers have been recovered from the store and are being sent to the state crime lab.

“It is a slow process, but I believe we will be able to identify these guys,” Scott said. “The best thing they can do is to turn themselves in.”


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