by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Alpharetta police have charged a 22-year-old Milton man whom they said attacked a gas station clerk Thursday morning.
Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik received a tip from a source that led him to the arrest scene on Highway 9 and Windward Parkway. That’s where Petchenik found officers surrounding Akyle Moses.
Moments earlier, Hassan Ali told Petchenik that Moses had attacked him inside the Valero station he owns on Old Milton Parkway.
“He cursed me, and I didn’t like it,” said Ali, adding that Moses seemed to be angry about the price of a phone charger. “He picked up the charger and threw it at me in the face, and I went around the counter and he started punching at me and I punched him back, knocked him down.”
Ali said Moses then pulled out a knife and started waving it around as the two tussled on the floor.
“At first, I started to grab it, the knife, but my kids’ pictures started flashing in front of me and that's when I stayed back,” Ali told Petchenik.
As Moses fled the store, Ali said he chased him and called 911 to give police the description of his getaway vehicle, a Honda CRV driven by Moses’ girlfriend.
“One of the Milton police officers in our city noticed a vehicle that we put the lookout on, and we conducted a traffic stop,” said Alpharetta police spokesman George Gordon.
Gordon said the suspect’s girlfriend alleges Ali made a racial slur to Moses during their argument. Ali denied that to Petchenik.
“Nothing at all,” he said.
Moses was taken to the Fulton County Jail on felony aggravated assault charges.