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Louisville convenience store beating caught on camera

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Chawla was working Saturday when a man threw cans of Monster energy drink at him and then kicked him in the face. Chawla was working Saturday when a man threw cans of Monster energy drink at him and then kicked him in the face.
A week earlier, someone threw a brick through the store's front door and stole scratch-off lottery tickets. A week earlier, someone threw a brick through the store's front door and stole scratch-off lottery tickets.
Tarun Chawla Tarun Chawla

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Tarun Chawla's swollen head and bruised ego are lasting effects of a convenience store attack that Metro Police are now investigating.

Chawla, a part-time employee at the Klondike Market and Deli in Louisville, was working Saturday when he said he was assaulted.

"As he was hitting me, he was cursing me," Chawla said. "Me being a foreigner, I'm from India, he started saying, ‘Go back to your own country.' We hear it all the time."

Metro Police are investigating the incident as an assault but the harsh words likely don't rise to the level of a hate crime, according to LMPD Spokesperson Officer Carey Klain.

Chawla said he plans to show the video to police Thursday.

The assailant, who was wearing a NASCAR jacket, wasn't happy with the service at the store and threw two energy drink cans at Chawla as the clerk stocked a cooler, surveillance video shows.

He then kicked Chawla in the face, stomped him and then walked out of the store located at the corner of Hikes and Klondike Lanes.

The video doesn't include audio of what the man said.

"I don't want to look at the video. I've only seen it once or twice, and it still gives me the shivers," said Chawla, who required hospitalization. "Chewing (food) is a big problem, sleeping on my right side is a problem, my hurt ego is a problem."

The perpetrator isn't a regular customer and Chawla said he's only seen the man a few times.

A week earlier, someone threw a brick through the store's front door and stole scratch-off lottery tickets. It happened at about 4 a.m. on Oct. 12, well after the store had closed for the night.

The same person isn't responsible in both incidents, Chawla said.

Metro Police are investigating the lottery ticket theft as a burglary, Klain said.

Anyone with information in the case can call the LMPD anonymous tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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