Store owner refuses return of damaged merchandise, suspect pulls knife

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The Ocala Police Department is asking for the public’s help with locating multiple individuals who attempted to return damaged merchandise to a Paddock Mall retailer.

The owner of Double T told police that when he refused to accept the return, the customer became angry and started a verbal altercation, which was captured on video surveillance.

When the owner instructed the individuals to leave, a black male hit the owner in the face.

The owner then threw something at the customer, at which time the customer pulled out a knife and threatened to stab the owner and his wife.

Police stated that the owner fought off the suspects with a clothing pole.

The suspects eventually fled the store.

If you have any information, call the Ocala Police Department at 352-369-7000, Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP, or text 274637 using keyword 368-STOP. Tipsters can also visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com. Anonymity is guaranteed.

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