ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A store clerk was the victim of an attempted robbery, but now KRQE News 13 has learned the clerk who said he was defending himself has lost his job because of that incident.
That clerk said this all happened very quickly and said he was fired for not following policy, but he believes he did what he could in the moment.
Ludgie Brister said he loved his job.
“My employees, my staff was cool, we was like a family,” said Brister.
He was working as a clerk at the Corner Store at Eubank and Central until he was fired Friday morning.
“They didn’t tell me what policy, it was real cutthroat. You was fired,” said Brister.
Brister said he lost his job following an alleged robbery at the store the night before. According to a criminal complaint, Anthony Jinzo walked in with a crowbar and demanded cash.
“Give me all the money in the registers or $8 or I’m going to stab you in the head or beat you in the head with this bar,” said Brister.
Brister said it was a scary situation.
“Get beat or stabbed to death or he could have threw it and I only have so much space to move or dodge and its a rebar. I mean I’m not big or little but he would have got a clean shot no matter what he did,” said Brister.
Brister grabbed a mop, hit Jinzo and chased him out. That’s when he said the situation escalated. Brister said Jinzo got in a car and tried to ram him and one of his coworkers as they ran back inside.
“By the time he barely got to us, we was jumping in the door, and he smashed into the door and pushed our door in,” said Brister.
Police caught Jinzo later. And while Brister was the victim in this case, he is now also out of a job. He tells KRQE News 13 he thinks he was fired for not following the safety procedures he was trained to do in this type of situation. He didn’t press his panic button and failed to lock the door after chasing Jinzo out of the store.
“I mean it was quick, ain’t nobody’s been robbed before. So all our procedures went out the window almost,” said Brister.
Brister said in the moment, he just reacted. And was trying to defend himself and the store.
“I don’t understand why a company would fire somebody who’s dedicated to his job.”
Nobody with the convenience store’s corporate office responded to requests for a comment.
As for Jinzo, he was booked on a $50,000 cash or surety bond. As of Sunday night, he remained behind bars at MDC