Horrific surveillance footage has revealed the moment a Bay Area store clerk was set ablaze by a homeless serial shoplifter as he tried to stop him from stealing.
Suraj, who declined to provide his last name for fear of being a target again, can be seen trying to wrestle Kendall Burton, 38, before being doused in lighter fluid.
Covered in the stolen flammable liquid footage shows Suraj’s head consumed by flames as another store clerk runs to his rescue with a baseball bat.
The senseless crime took place Sept 22 at the Appian Food and Liquor in El Sobrante, just north of Oakland, where Suraj has been working for the past five years, leaving him with second and third-degree burns to his face, neck, chest and shoulder.
Horrific surveillance footage has revealed the moment a heroic store clerk was set ablaze by a homeless thug as he tried to stop him from stealing from his work place
In a post to the Go Fund Me Suraj’s wife outlined the ‘horrific work place incident’ that landed her husband Suraj in the care of San Francisco’s Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office told CBS News that the 38-year-old is facing charges including assault with a deadly weapon, battery, arson and robbery and is being held without bail.
The county’s district attorney is Diana Becton – a progressive whose 2022 election campaign was funded by George Soros to the tune of $1 million. Crime has surged in the county, with burglaries rising by a third, while car thefts jumped by a fifth and rapes soared by 7.5 percent the same year.
Neighboring Alameda County – which includes Oakland – has seen huge spikes in crime, with an effort to recall progressive DA Pamela Price underway.
It is a similar story across the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, where ultra-progressive DA Chesa Boudin was booted from office last year by voters unhappy with his track record on tackling crime.
Meanwhile, Suraj’s wife Sabeena said that there’s still a long road to recovery for her husband and is raising funds for his physical and mental care after the ordeal.
Speaking from his hospital bed Suraj told the outlet, the ‘trauma’ he and his family is feeling from the callous incident is overwhelming
Sabeena started a fundraiser hoping for $100,000 in donations but despite hundreds hoping to help out is still a long way from that goal.
In a post to the Go Fund Me she outlined the ‘horrific work place incident’ that landed her husband Suraj in the care of San Francisco’s Saint Francis Memorial Hospital.
‘[Suraj] was attacked with kerosene fluid and his body was set on fire by a shoplifter while he was working at his store in El Sobrante, CA on 22nd September 2023,’ she wrote.
‘Right now he is out of danger and getting his treatment [at] Saint Fransis (sic) Memorial Hospital, SF.
‘As wounds by the (sic) burn takes time to heal and recover and we are overwhelmed by the mental trauma and the pressure of medical procedures.
‘We are reaching out to you to request for (sic) any support or contributions to this fundraiser. Your support would be invaluable and greatly appreciated.’
The senseless crime took place Sept 22 at the Appian Food and Liquor in El Sobrante where Suraj has been working for the past five years, pictured is the Kerosene used
Suraj explained that he needs several surgeries and that his family ‘cry all the time’ when they come to visit
Contra Costa DA Diana Becton, whose campaign received money from billionaire liberal George Soros, has overseen a 10 percent surge in crime in the city of Antioch
Speaking from his hospital bed Suraj told the outlet, the ‘trauma’ he and his family is feeling from the callous incident is overwhelming.
He described the pain he’s feeling as a ’10’ when his wounds are cleaned and added that he was ‘so scared’ in the moment.
‘I tried to cover his hand, but I don’t know. I don’t remember. He just lit the fire on me you know. I just rushed to the restroom, and I just splashed water on my face,’ he said.
The burn victim said ‘nobody has to go through this kind of situation’ pleading for smaller stores to have ‘more security’ so the workplace can be safer.
Suraj explained that he needs several surgeries and that his family ‘cry all the time’ when they come to visit.
DailyMail.com has contacted the family for comment but they did not immediately respond prior to publication.