Store Owner Beat Teenage Boy In Head With Hammer

A New York City store owner has been convicted of beating a teenage boy in the head with a hammer, apparently ending his chances for an athletic career.

A surveillance video shows Salad Ahmed running from a side room of his Brooklyn grocery store and striking the 14-year-old with the heavy metal tool.

The district attorney's office says he was convicted Wednesday of first-degree assault and faces up to 25 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Ahmed beat the teen because he had been in a fight with his nephew, a cashier in the store. Ahmed claims the teen was shoplifting.

The teen has mostly recovered. He testified his speech is still slurred because of his injuries and he's no longer a star athlete.

Ahmed is being held without bail until his sentencing May 28.


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  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on May 16, 2009 at 10:28 PM
    Sweet G, I'm sure nobody would ever have to tell you to stay on the porch, as long as you have a 40 and the check keeps coming every month.
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on May 10, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    Interesting...Everyone seems to be against the young man because Ahmed (the assailant) said that the teen was stealing. They seem to be completely ignoring the part about the boy and Ahmed's nephew having been in a fight. I note that the surveillance video caught the assult so wouldn't it have caught the theft too. I guess it is easier to convict a 14 year old boy of theft (that does not seem to have occurred) and metaphorically cut off his hands than accept that an ADULT got mad and beat a child out of anger and revenge.
  • by Dave on May 10, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    What a TOOL.
  • by Loretta Location: Jacksonville on May 10, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    Whether he was stealing or just got into a fight with the guys nephew, its still no excuse to beat him with a hammer! If he was stealing, call the cops. If he was fighting with the nephew, there's nothing that could be done about it. People fight and argue, then it blows over!
  • by ace Location: hammer on May 10, 2009 at 04:34 AM
    Not hurting him. I'll bet he will remember the hammer a lot long than a few days in a jail with TV, shower and 3 meals a day. As for being a stat athelete. It appears he had the right "stuff", stealing that is.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on May 9, 2009 at 06:39 PM
    Sweet G, sorry that you are one of the lost sheep. But hey, thats your problem. No one twisted your arm.
  • by Josh Location: emerald isle on May 9, 2009 at 04:45 PM
    Folks, the problem here is people are getting fed up with criminals and how they do not get punished the way they should. If you actually went to court and observed how many drunk drivers get their case dismissed by a high faluttin defense attorney you would be disgusted. Its starting to get even worse in our society as people seem to be getting angry with how things are going, especially with the economy.
  • by Sweet G Location: nc on May 9, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    well,mr.t u was wrong for what u said.what if it was a family member , what would u have to say then ??? this action was not call for. he should just told the boy to leave and not come back to the store.by the way i think President Obama is doing a great job!!! Go PRES.Obama keep up the good work!!!Haters need to stay on the porch or in the house and not in the public!!!
  • by antwone Location: beaufort on May 9, 2009 at 02:59 PM
    The punishiment was very unessary and on top of thatif you was going to hit the boy why a hammer? like i said UNESSARY
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on May 9, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    He should have thought about his "star athlete career" before going in to steal from this man. Mr. Ahmed obviously comes from a country where they know what to do with Punk crimnals.Unlike the U.S. justice system that gives them a little love tap on the wrist and turns them back out to prey on honest law abiding people.You know, the same justice system that the Obama clown company is wanting to use to prosecute the Gitmo TERRORISTS.
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