Store clerk held in attack on teen who wouldn't buy yo-yo

Published July 12, 2006

FORT PIERCE - A convenience store clerk was arrested and held without bail after he allegedly attacked a boy for not buying a yo-yo.

Amar Shreiteh, 24, is charged with attempted murder and false imprisonment, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Shreiteh was working at the store Monday morning when 14-year-old Jeremius Howard came in with his sister. As the girl selected snacks to buy, Jeremius played with a yo-yo, police said.

After his sister paid for the items, the boy put down the toy and started to leave the store. Police said Shreiteh demanded that he pay for the yo-yo, but Jeremius told him it was already opened and he didn't want it.

Shreiteh then punched the boy, police said, then pulled him behind the counter and stabbed him on the back of his arm with a butcher knife.

Another clerk, Azzam Sabla, 41, tried to stop Shreiteh and suffered a wound to his forearm. The boy was treated and released. Sabla remained hospitalized.