Suspects refuse to pay for sodas, severely beat Aloha 7-11 clerk, police say

ALOHA, Ore. - A 7-Eleven store clerk was severely beaten Monday night by two men who refused to pay for two Big Gulp sodas, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The clerk was taken to a hospital with severe head injuries, but Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray said his injuries were not life threatening.

With the help of witnesses, police were able to track the two suspects to an apartment complex where they were arrested without incident, Ray said.

He said 20-year-old Luis Thomas Mercado-Rosas of Aloha and 21-year-old Alejandro Loarca-Bautista of Cornelius walked into the 7-Eleven at 17771 S.W. TV Highway at about 9:30 p.m. Monday. They filled up two Big Gulps and then walked out without paying.

The 38-year-old clerk went outside and told the men to come back and pay for the sodas. They came back, but they became uncooperative and belligerent with the clerk, Ray said. He said the suspects then began punching and kicking the clerk.

Loarca-Bautista faces charges of second-degree robbery, second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed weapon and criminal mischief.

Mercado-Rosas faces charges of second-degree robbery, second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

Both men are lodged in the Washington County Jail and both are being held on $250,000 bail.

The below photograph from the Washington County Sheriff's Office shows the store after the attack.