GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ) — A local store clerk was gunned down during a robbery. It happened at a 7-Eleven in Glen Burnie. now there’s a fight brewing over that store’s hours. Kai Jackson explains county leaders are lobbying 7-Eleven to allow the change.
In an unusual move, the county executive is speaking up for the store manager, asking that the hours be curbed in the name of public safety.
Yusef Attia, a 48-year-old clerk, was shot and killed inside a 7-Eleven during a robbery in the early hours of August 9, 2010. A surveillance camera captured images of the suspects who police are trying to find.
“At a certain point the store clerk looks like he was trying to flee. That’s when he was shot by one of the suspects,” said Anne Arundel County police Sgt. Shawn Urbas.
A petition is circulating with the store manager’s support that would close the store from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Now, in an unusual move, the Anne Arundel County executive is getting involved, joining the push to curb the store’s hours.
“The Chief of Police, Chief Tere and I, have sent a letter saying, `Please consider the request of this particular store manager,'” said John Leopold.
Other crimes in the area is apparently another factor in the move to change this store’s hours.
“Normally we stay out of corporate decisions but this particular case–this brutal murder–alarmed this community,” Leopold said.
7-Eleven has increased the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Attia’s death to $30,000.