Albany shop employee says he was attacked for trying to enforce social distancing | WNYT.com

Albany shop employee says he was attacked for trying to enforce social distancing

Jill Konopka
Updated: June 14, 2020 09:33 PM
Created: June 14, 2020 08:11 PM

ALBANY -- After coronavirus shut down a popular beauty supply store on Central Ave for months, looters then destroyed much of the inside before stealing thousands in merchandise on Memorial Day weekend.

Now, police said an employee was attacked trying to enforce social distancing rules.

Surveillance video inside Hair and Wig Beauty Supply shows 27-year-old Younglae Kim catching up with a customer to ask that he practices their social distancing rules.

The situation, Kim said turned ugly and violent quickly.

"I asked him to please go out but he spit on my face. Said something where are you from? I don't wear a mask because of you guys, he spit on my face and I spit him face too. So he hit my face and he ran away," said Kim.

Younglae was also kicked into a metal rod, causing him to fall down.

A shocked customer and co-worker tried to catch the suspect, and called the store's owner.

"I was bleeding," said Younglae. "The doctor said my nose looked broken."

Albany police investigators are now working to track down the suspect.


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