During the evening rush on Monday, November 2, a Major Market employee was assaulted by an aggravated customer at the checkout stand.
According to eyewitnesses, the assailant, James Delphin, 30, entered the store noticeably aggravated.
When Delphin went to the cashier stand, he began arguing with cashier Anthony Duarte because, he said, he was unhappy with the total cost of his grocery bill.
According to Lt. Phil Brust, commander of the Fallbrook Sheriff’s Substation, Delphin was “boisterous, yelling and screaming” before getting into the altercation with Duarte.
Delphin then took a swing at Duarte, who blocked the punch. Duarte then struck Delphin in return.
According to witnesses, Delphin then leaped onto the cashier stand conveyor belt in order to jump on top of Duarte.
At that point, several Major Market employees rushed to pull Delphin off of Duarte.
Customers in the store called local authorities, who said they discovered that Delphin “has a history of seizures and had recently stopped taking his medication.”
Sheriff’s deputies transported Delphin to Tri-City Hospital in order to put him under a 72-hour psychiatric evaluation hold.
However, Delphin was released early the next morning and once again headed to Major Market.
Deputies were called once again to remove Delphin from the store, said Major Market owner Sam Logan.
“Our store director went to the sheriff’s department to put a restraining order on [Delphin],” said Logan. “This is a tragedy.”
After being escorted out of the grocery store, Delphin went to his apartment complex, located in the 800 block of East Alvarado Street.
At the complex, Delphin allegedly assaulted someone on the premises and was later arrested by deputies.
“It appears that [Delphin] suffers from seizures and may suffer a violent reaction because of them,” said Brust.
Delphin was arrested for assault and, as of press time, was in custody.