SFPD: Liquor store owner attacked man with pepper spray, metal pipe

A liquor store owner who allegedly pepper sprayed a man and struck him with a metal pipe was arrested on Thursday, according to police.

The 50-year-old owner is accused of assaulting the 22-year-old man during an argument over a purchase at a liquor store on Sixth Street near Market Street at around 6:20 p.m., according to Officer Joseph Tomlinson, a police spokesperson.

Tomlinson said the owner pepper sprayed the man and then “hit him with a bar in the back” as he left the store, causing a laceration on his back.

Tomlinson said the man went home and came back to the store with his girlfriend and at that time police arrested the owner on suspicion of aggravated assault.

Police had initially responded to the call as a fight.

Police have not released the name of the man arrested.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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