Store clerk forced suspected shoplifter to strip at gunpoint, police say

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Thursday, September 26, 2019
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N.J. store clerk arrested for pointing gun at suspected shoplifter, Salem police say.

SALEM, New Jersey -- Police have arrested a store clerk after video shows him forcing a suspected shoplifter to strip while pointing a gun at him.

According to Salem Police Chief John A. Pelura III, the clerk, identified as Amit Saraswat, was charged with aggravated assault by pointing a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm for unlawful purpose and terroristic threats.

Video shows Saraswat pointing a gun at a male customer in the store. According to store personnel, the victim had been caught shoplifting over the last few days.

The video shows the victim with his hands up and then he's forced to strip down naked while at gunpoint.

The gun Saraswat used was determined to be an Airsoft gun.

According to, "Airsoft guns are best compared to BB or pellet guns that are often manufactured to look just like real machine guns, rifles, and hand guns...While Airsoft guns are often considered toys, the reality is that they are projectile weapons capable of inflicting harm."

Saraswat was later released on a summons. The victim is not facing any charges.

No injuries were reported.

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