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Woman who allegedly attacked Cleveland store owners over $11 purchase indicted on felony charge

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Posted at 10:53 PM, Aug 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-12 22:53:28-04

CLEVELAND — A 25-year-old woman whose attack on two Cleveland store owners was captured on camera last month has been indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury.

According to court records, the defendant, Ebony Afzal, is charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony and assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Caught on camera

Afzal is accused of attacking an elderly couple at their store, Chic Beauty Supply, on Lorain Road in Cleveland on July 23.

In cell phone video taken by the store owner, you can hear a disagreement between the couple and the woman over what is said to be an $11.85 transaction.

The couple's son, David Jo, said the woman tried to pay for some items but her card was declined. From there, things started to escalate.

In the video, you can hear his parents explain that she cannot leave with the items because there wasn’t money on the card. “It’s not cleared. We cannot give you anything ‘cause it’s not cleared,” they said to the customer.

The woman started to yell at the two and told them to call the police. Jo’s mother then tells her husband to call the police and that’s when the woman attacked them.

The cell phone video goes black after the woman lunged at the couple, but surveillance video caught the attack on camera. It shows the woman attack Jo’s father first and when his mother stepped in, the woman punched and dragged his mother across the store floor by her hair. Jo said the woman knocked his mother unconscious.

What comes next

Afzal was arrested on July 28 in connection with the attack. She was indicted on Wednesday, and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 16 for an arraignment.

She is being held in jail lieu of a $75,000 bond, according to court records.

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