WATCH: Workers brawl with accused shoplifters inside Yonkers supermarket

Kimberly Dole
April 30, 2020 - 5:12 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A shopper captured footage of a wild brawl between employees and two suspected shoplifters at a supermarket in Yonkers.

The incident occurred at the Shop Fair supermarket in Getty Square on Monday as the argument between staffers and the shoppers resulted in blows. 

"Look what they doing! Look what they doing to my brother!" yelled the second man, wearing a blue, white and red jacket.

One suspect who was pinned to the floor was heard repeatedly saying "I can’t breathe!".

At one point, a second suspect was then captured kicking and punching several other staff members surrounding him.

"Call the cops and let them handle it," a staff member wearing a "Blessed" shirt before he walked one of the suspects out of the store.

The person recording the fight repeated that he had seen this behavior before. "They do this all the time. This is not right!," he said.

Store manager Eddie Duran said that five employees have been reprimanded over the violence, according to The New York Post.

"I hope that something like this never happens again."

According to the report, Duran said the two suspects started the attack before the start of the almost 11-minute video.  “The video doesn’t show any of what started this," he said, adding that employees had offered to let them leave without calling the police.

“Since the coronavirus, we’ve been telling shoplifters, ‘Leave the items and you can just leave the store,'” he adds.

Alex Guzman, the supermarket’s owner, told the Daily News that they initially approached one of the men and asked him to return several bags of shrimp he allegedly took. He adds that the incident turned violent once he refused to hand over all of the bags.

“The brother of the other gentlemen came in, punched my guy in the face, and that’s when everything started,” he said.

Guzman claims his supermarket lost nearly $45,000 to shoplifting last year, and has already lost $39,000 this year.