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UPDATE: Kinston PD serves arrest warrants following convenience store altercation

Protesters are gathered outside a Kinston convenience store following a video of an altercation between woman and store employees
Published: Sep. 26, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT
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KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) - Warrants have been served for two employees at Brothers store, according to Kinston Police Department.

Around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Kinston police say they served warrants to Moretha Ahmen, 19, and Saisal Alshoabi, 65, on charges of assault on a female and communicating threats.

The warrants come following a video that circulated Friday night and Saturday showing the two in a loud and violent altercation with then-customer Quarla Blackwell. Protesters gathered on Saturday to boycott and direct potential customers away from the store.

Blackwell says that was the first time she’d ever been to the store. She pressed charges against the two employees on Saturday.

“The Black people are their target, the least you can do is respect us. At the end of the day, we are your living," Blackwell said during the protest Saturday.

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Protestors have gathered at Brothers convenience store to advocate for a woman involved in an altercation with workers at the store.

Kinston Police say the altercation happened around 8 p.m. on West Highland Avenue on Friday, September 25.

By the time police arrived, the fight was over.

Police have not located the woman involved, but the store owner has not pressed any charges.

No arrests have been made at this time.

In the video, you can see a woman who appears to be getting struck by two employees, and she is also hit with a sign.

**WARNING** This video is disturbing and has profanity.

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So far, the protest is peaceful, and officers are there as preventative maintenance.

A Facebook live during the protest has nearly 1,000 views. Protestors say they are trying to boycott the store and are discouraging customers from going inside due to what happened.

You can hear protesters saying they want to protect black women, titling the video “No Justice No Peace" and chanting “No money, honey.”

**WARNING** This video may have some strong language.

No justice no peace

Posted by Willie Graham on Saturday, September 26, 2020

WITN is on the scene, and we will release more information as we receive it.

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