Store Clerk Murdered in San Francisco Convenience Store; Suspect Charged

Store Clerk Murdered in San Francisco Convenience Store; Suspect Charged

A store clerk in San Francisco was murdered in the Richmond District this summer during a robbery, according to prosecutors. Yohannes “John” Tewolde, a 60-year-old beloved clerk, was beaten to death with a baseball bat by Santos De La Rosa, a 21-year-old Hollister man. The incident occurred on August 24 inside a convenience store on Balboa Street. Tewolde confronted De La Rosa in an attempt to stop him from shoplifting two cans of beer. However, De La Rosa gained control of the bat and attacked Tewolde. After the assault, De La Rosa retrieved one of the stolen beers and threw the bat at another person in the store. Tewolde passed away in the hospital five days later.

De La Rosa was arrested on September 12 and has now been charged with murder, second-degree robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon. District Attorney Brooke Jenkins expressed gratitude to the San Francisco Police Department’s Homicide division for their work in identifying and apprehending De La Rosa. The District Attorney’s Office intends to file a motion to keep De La Rosa in jail without bail as he awaits trial. If convicted on all charges, De La Rosa could face life in state prison.

Tewolde was described as a hardworking and loving husband who greeted customers with a warm smile. He worked seven days a week and was often seen alongside his store cat, Nancy. De La Rosa is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday in Department 10 of the Hall of Justice.


Author: CrimeDoor

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