Man Attacks Clerk at 7-Eleven Store on Santa Monica at Curson

7-Eleven convenience store at 7609 Santa Monica Blvd.

UPDATE (Aug. 7, 2019; 7 a.m.) Donny Cacy, the long-time manager of the 7-Eleven store at 7609 Santa Monica Blvd. has told WEHOville that the clerk who was assaulted at the store on Tuesday has been released from the hospital. Cacy said the clerk was assaulted by an apparently intoxicated man who declared that he was angry with his girlfriend. The man left the store after the assault but returned 30 minutes later to look for his watch, Cacy said. At that point he was arrested.

A clerk at the 7-Eleven store at 7609 Santa Monica Blvd. at Curson was seriously assaulted early this morning and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment.

Sgt. Angel Fisher of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station said there is a suspect in custody now. Fisher said that a second clerk at the store was able to identify the suspect as the assailant. The identity of the clerk or the person in custody has not yet been released.

The incident is said to have happened in the early hours of this morning, approximately 5:45 a.m., with residents reporting a cluster of fire engines and Sheriff’s vehicles in the parking lot in front of the 7-Eleven, which also serves adjacent businesses such as a hair salon, a dry cleaner, and a medical office.  The 7-Eleven is managed by Donny Cacy.

WEHOville was unable to reach Cacy, but the manager on duty initially refused to discuss the incident and then lied multiple times, saying he would connect WEHOville with the 7-Eleven corporate human resources department and then hanging up.

Safety at the 7-Eleven convenience stores on West Hollywood’s Eastside has been a major concern since Sept. 2, 2017, when a man named Kisu Brown attacked another customer with an axe at the 7-Eleven store on 7950 Santa Monica Blvd. at Hayworth. Brown had been confronted by a clerk for shoplifting. Another man in the store offered to buy Brown the items he was apparently trying to steal. After a struggle, Brown left the store and waited outside until the man stepped out, at which time he attacked him with an ax and struck him repeatedly including on the head. Brown entered a no contest plea in April to one count of attempted voluntary manslaughter.  On Oct. 7, 2017, an apparently homeless man was found dead in a car in the parking lot outside that 7-Eleven. Area residents have said it is a site where homeless people cluster.

At its meeting Aug. 13, the City of West Hollywood’s Business License Commission will be presented with a six-month update by the Code Compliance Division on the impact of a decision by three 7-Eleven convenient stores in West Hollywood to share a roving uniformed security guard. That guard monitors the three stores between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

“Code Compliance staff has conducted multiple inspections of the three 7-eleven stores and have found that each store is in compliance with the approved conditions,” says a report to the commission from Code Compliance. “After the last hearing, the 7-Eleven stores have retained a new security company that has established new procedures to enhance their line of communication with the store clerks. The new security guard maintains a log sheet at each store to track their inspections and are actively discouraging panhandlers from their store fronts.”

The report says that the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station has “reported no major or unusual problems at any of the three different store locations since the last review on May 7, 2019.”


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It seems these three 7 Eleven stores are attractive nuisances where the homeless and panhandlers are not afraid to hang out at.I think it is time to look at the possibility of restricting the operating hours of these shops.The city could make it a requirement that the shops close between the hours of 10 PM and 6AM.Until the homeless situation can be worked out,the city can do this.

Vigilant
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Their name is 7-Eleven! That would indicate 7am to 11pm as I believe was the original concept Nothing good happens beyond those hours.

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Hank – you devoted 2 full paragraphs to an explanation of the conditions for their security guard, including that a roving guard is on duty from 10 pm until 6 am. Unfortunately, you didn’t write anything about when the assault actually occurred, much less whether it was during the guard’s duty window.

Henry (Hank) Scott
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Good point. The incident apparently happened around 5:45 a.m. I do not know whether a security guard was present, but given that the guard moves from location to location and that the man assaulted the clerk and then initially escaped, I would assume that he wasn’t

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If there were ever a place that homeless outreach teams could be stationed to talk to homeless individuals, it would be in front of the 7-11’s. I don’t support forced acceptance of services, but have no problems with saying no to panhandlers I know are being offered services. To 7-11’s credit, I have seen noticeable improvement by both of the 7-11’s on Santa Monica Blvd in curbing the loitering/panhandling going on outside their entrances in the past couple months. Sadly, this has also meant (at least in the case at 7950 SMB) the removal of the trash cans at their… Read more »