A Virginia shop clerk, Hamzeh Abushariah, has been arrested and the D.A. is refusing to let him be bailed out. He heroically fought off robbers defending the store. If not for his brave actions he could easily have been killed, but that's not the way police see it and now he is being incarcerated for standing his ground.
"A Virginia store employee was jailed with no bond after shooting at three masked intruders who allegedly broke into the business, wounding one of them, WJLA-TV reported — and the owner of the Arlington Smoke Shop is outraged at authorities.
Arlington County Police said three suspects forced their way into the smoke shop to steal cash and merchandise just before 5 a.m. Sunday, the station said.
Hamzeh Abushariah, 33 — who was temporarily staying at the store and sleeping in a back room — got up and grabbed one of two guns that store owner Jowan Aqrawi purchased two weeks ago due to concerns over coronavirus crime spikes, WJLA reported.
"We bought protection for the store just in case, because on Facebook you see a lot of robberies, a lot of things going on," Aqrawi explained to the station.
Abushariah opened the door to the sales floor and fired the gun, hitting one of the suspects — a juvenile, police told WJLA. He then retreated to the backroom before reentering the sales floor and firing the gun again as the suspects tried to flee the business, police added to the station.
The wounded juvenile is expected to survive, the station noted, adding that breaking and entering charges are anticipated for the trio of alleged intruders."
"Abushariah was charged with malicious wounding, reckless handling of a firearm and violating a protective order, according to a police statement obtained by local blog ARLNow. Arlington Police also told WJLA that the charge of violation of a protective order related to Abushariah reportedly being ordered not to have a firearm.
"It's very sad for America today as American citizens practice their Second Amendment to protect the store and their lives," Zuber said. "Do you know what the [responding] police officer told him [Abushariah]? 'Why didn't you run out the back door?'"
This is ridiculous he was defending the store and potentially his life. These charges seem flimsy at best. But considering it's Virginia who knows what legislation the Gun grabbing Gov Northam might have quietly passed through to hurt gun owners. Hamzeh Abushariah should have been praised by the police, but instead, the police told him he should have run away. I guess in Virginia you are not allowed to defend yourself...
"While Abushariah’s case is pending, police today announced that two of the alleged burglars are also now facing a slew of charges.
“Charges have been sought against two juvenile suspects related to the breaking and entering which occurred on March 29,” ACPD said. “The suspects have been charged with Burglary, Attempted Grand Larceny, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny and Destruction of Property. In accordance with Virginia law, their identities are not releasable.”