7-Eleven customers plead guilty to assaulting clerk

By: Jeremy Selweski | Online Only | Published February 11, 2011

A convenience store clerk fought off a pair of attackers in the early morning hours of Feb. 10 before police arrived to arrest them.

According to Detective Lt. Bill Wilson, at around 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 10, three customers entered the 7-Eleven at 805 E. Nine Mile Road, at Hilton Road. One of the customers, 22-year-old David Downing of Hazel Park, was acting unruly and began yelling threats at the clerk.

Downing then approached the clerk and attempted to punch him, Wilson said. The clerk fought back and was able to overcome his attacker by wrestling and punching him. After Downing and the clerk were separated, Downing’s female companion, 21-year-old Amanda Champagne of St. Clair Shores, followed the clerk behind the counter, then yelled at him and hit him.

Downing then went behind the counter and attacked the clerk a second time, Wilson said. Once again, the clerk was able to fight him off. In the meantime, another customer had called the police, who soon arrived and arrested Downing and Champagne.

The third person who came into the store with the two suspects was not involved in the fight, Wilson said.

Downing and Champagne were arraigned in Ferndale 43rd District Court later that day before Magistrate James Brennan. They each pleaded guilty to charges of assault and battery and were ordered to pay a $250 fine or spend 25 days in jail. At press time, both perpetrators were being held in Oakland County Jail.