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Deputies: Men badly beat clerk who tried to stop theft of Big Gulps

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Luis Mercado-Rosas, Alejandro Loarca-Bautista, booking photos Luis Mercado-Rosas, Alejandro Loarca-Bautista, booking photos
Scene photo from Washington County Sheriff's Office Scene photo from Washington County Sheriff's Office
ALOHA, OR (KPTV) -

Two men are accused of severely beating a 7-Eleven clerk who attempted to stop the suspects from stealing Big Gulps.

Washington County deputies were called to the store at 17771 S.W. Tualatin Valley Highway in Aloha at 9:30 p.m. Monday on reports of an assault and robbery.

Deputies said they found a store worker suffering from substantial head injuries at the scene. The man was taken by ambulance to a hospital trauma center.

Investigators said two men had filled up two Big Gulp soda cups and walked out of the store without paying. The clerk followed them outside and told the men to go back inside and pay for the drinks.

Deputies said the suspects went back into the store, but became increasingly uncooperative and belligerent.

One of the men, identified as Luis Mercado-Rosas, 20, of Aloha, began punching the 38-year-old clerk, according to investigators. The victim was knocked to the floor. At that point, deputies said the second suspect, Alejandro Loarca-Bautista, 21, of Cornelius, began kicking him.

Both men then ran away and a second store worker called 911.

As deputies searched for the suspects, they received witness information that assisted in tracking the men down. Mercado-Rosas and Loarca-Bautista were captured within 30 minutes at an apartment complex on Southwest Shaw Street, close to the store.

Both men are facing charges of robbery, assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. Loarca-Bautista is facing an additional charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Both men had bail set at $250,000.

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