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Man arrested for allegedly punching gas station clerk over 41 cents

October 04, 2013|By Ari Bloomekatz

Authorities have arrested a man who they say punched a Long Beach gas station clerk in the face in a dispute over 41 cents.

Kendrick Ruth, 35, allegedly punched the clerk at a Chevron gas station in the 4900 block of Lakewood Boulevard on Sept. 7 after he was told the price of a Swisher Sweets cigar was $1.41 and he was 41 cents short, according to KCBS-TV and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"Just happened so fast ... I didn't think he was going to hit me ... and he just like socks me," the unidentified clerk told KCBS.

Authorities said Ruth, a Long Beach resident, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of assault at a motel near Long Beach and Artesia boulevards.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday. 


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