Thursday, December 14, 2017
Public safety

Deputies: Transients rob Port Richey store, beat employee

PORT RICHEY — Two transients beat an employee of a convenience store Thursday night during a robbery, authorities said.

Richard Monk, 21, and Heidi Avery, 32, robbed the C Store Depot at 11620 U.S. 19 about 9 p.m., according to an arrest report.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said the two, who are homeless, entered the store and "made their way to the beer cooler."

They got some beer and took it to the register, where Monk clubbed Fayyaz Sial, a 48-year-old store employee, with an unknown object, the report said. Sial crumpled and Monk attempted to strangle the man while holding a pocket knife, the report said.

The employee was able to escape. His cries for help were overheard by passers-by, who watched the robbers flee the store and head north. Monk and Avery were located by a police dog. The duo stole beer, cigarettes and incense, a report states.

Sial told the Times he was treated at a hospital and released. On Friday, he was still in a tremendous amount of pain.

"I try to be nice," he said. "They try to take my life."

Monk and Avery are charged with robbery with a weapon and are being held in the Pasco jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Fayyaz Sial, who was beaten during a Feb. 16 robbery, is an employee of the C Store Depot in Port Richey. Due to incorrect information provided by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, a previous version of this article misstated Sial's position in the business.

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