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New Jersey store clerk arrested after forcing man he suspected of shoplifting to strip at (fake) gunpoint, police say

2019-09-26

A Sunoco store clerk in southern New Jersey was arrested after he pointed an Airsoft gun at a customer he suspected of shoplifting and forced him to strip Monday night, according to local reports.

Personnel at the Salem, N.J., store said clerk Amit Saraswat believed the man had stolen from the shop in previous days, according to NBC affiliate WCAU.

Video from the incident showed Saraswat pointing the fake gun from behind the counter as the the man disrobed.

Police said the man left the store, but then returned to collect his clothes after realizing the gun wasn’t real, according to WCAU.

Saraswat was charged with aggravated assault by pointing a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm for unlawful purpose and terroristic threats. The victim is not facing charges, according to ABC affliate WPVI-TV.

Saraswat was released on a summons.