Clerk accused of threatening man who asked for water

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 2, 2010 - 11:26 PM

A Burnsville store clerk, angered by a man's request to use the bathroom and fill his water bottle, threatened to club a man with a baseball bat and shoot him last week, according to charges.

Mahmoud Ahmed Alsharif, 47, of Rosemount, was charged with felony terroristic threats stemming from the incident Wednesday at Super Gas USA, at 1500 Southcross Drive.

According to the criminal complaint, a man, his girlfriend and her 4-year-old son entered the store about 2:50 p.m., and the man asked Alsharif whether there was a faucet he could use to fill his water bottle. Alsharif told the man that the bathroom and faucet were for customers only. The clerk began yelling and threatened to shoot them.

After feeling around under the counter, according to the man, Alsharif raised his hand in the shape of a gun and said, "I'm going to shoot you in the head!"

Alsharif then grabbed a silver baseball bat and followed the three out of the store, holding it near the back of the man's head, according to the complaint.

The woman said Asharif also was angry that the boy had used the bathroom. She said that her attempt to buy juice was rejected by the clerk, who pushed it away and said he was not a slave.

Alsharif admitted being angered that the three wanted to use the bathroom because they were not customers. He also acknowledged the conflict over the juice that the woman wanted to buy.

Officers located a pellet gun under the counter.


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