3 teens jailed in connection with brutal clerk beating

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VISTA, Calif. -- Two young men and a teenager were behind bars Monday for allegedly beating a convenience store clerk bloody during a Thanksgiving Day robbery at the victim's North County workplace.

Adam Kekai Hanson, 19, Peter Robles, 18, and a 17-year-old boy turned themselves in at Oceanside police headquarters on Friday in connection with the crime, Lt. Leonard Cosby said. The juvenile's name was withheld because he is a minor.

The trio entered an am/pm market in the 1900 block of Oceanside Boulevard shortly after 2:30 a.m. Nov. 26, Cosby said. As one of them began removing cans of beer from a display cooler, another allegedly walked behind the sales counter and punched the clerk, sending him collapsing to the floor.

The other two robbers then began hitting and kicking the victim where he lay, bloodied and unable to defend himself, Cosby alleged.

By the time the suspects surrendered, detectives had identified them as the alleged perpetrators of the crime via images captured on a store surveillance camera and disseminated to the public by news outlets and on social-media websites.

The teens were arrested on suspicion of assault, robbery and conspiracy.

The youngest suspect was booked into juvenile hall. Hanson and Robles were being held in county jail in Vista on $100,000 bail each pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

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