A Gretna gas station owner apparently didn’t get the memo about the customer always being right because police say he struck a customer with a metal pipe after the two men argued about a purchase Sunday. Abdelrahman Ahmed, 31, of 2748 Fairfield St., was booked with aggravated battery by Gretna Police and remains in custody at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in lieu of $10,000 bond.
According to an arrest report, Gretna police officers were called to 1000 Franklin Street after receiving a report of a disturbance at a gas station. When officers arrived, they learned Ahmed had been arguing with an unidentified customer inside of the business about whether the customer had paid for a package of cigarillos. After the argument, the customer left the business.
But Ahmed allegedly grabbed a metal pipe from beneath the counter and followed the customer outside, according to the report. The men engaged in a shouting match outside that escalated to shoving, the report stated.
Ahmed then struck the victim on the head with the pipe, cutting the man in the head, according to the report. The victim was taken to West Jefferson Medical Center for treatment. Ahmed was taken into custody by police without incident.