Sacramento man says unhoused person attacked him during scuffle

This week started off like any other for Jordan Pensa.Monday morning, the Midtown Sacramento man got ready to go to work and made a stop at a convenience store near his home where he buys a cup of coffee each day.He soon realized, however , his daily coffee stop was anything but an ordinary one.”A homeless man had, I guess, decided that he wanted to hold up the store,” Pensa explained. “He was kinda behind the register, is what I was told, and stuffing stuff in his bag.”Inside the convenience store, Pensa said, the man became irate and confrontational.”He just decided he wanted to have a field day with me ,” said Penza. “So he took off his shirt and flexed a couple of times.”With things unraveling fast, a fight broke out. The store staff had some personal safety items on hand, according to Pensa, that they tossed to him during the scuffle. “I was able to dump a whole can of pepper spray in the guy’s face,” Pensa said. They also had a stun gun Pensa tried to use to subdue the man.” Turned on the stun gun, and when the guy tried to dip me and pick me up and throw me on the ground, I jabbed it in his kidney. Let him have it,” explained Penza. “He didn’t stop. He tried to come and bite me in the leg.”At one point, the fight spilled outside in front of the store. Pensa broke free – making his way back inside, he thought to safety.But he said the man came back in after him.”He wrapped a belt around his hand with about two feet off the end of it, about two, three feet , and we were standing at the register,” said Penza. “He just cold-cocked me in the head as hard as he could.”The incident left Pensa with head injuries.”I ended up at the ER, two CT scans,” he said. “Thought I had a fracture to my jaw, but they ended up telling me it was just really deep swelling.”Sacramento police said the man who attacked Pensa took off after the fight. They said they found Eloghosa Adolor near 30th Street and Fat Alley and arrested him on felony assault charges.KCRA 3 requested a copy of the surveillance video from inside the store during the altercation, but police aren’t releasing it at this time as it is part of an ongoing investigation. This incident is not the first violent encounter witnesses have reported involving unhoused individuals in East Sacramento and the area at Midtown. In February, a mom putting her children in their car near McKinley Park was shoved into her car and punched 10 times, according to witnesses, by a suspect who was later arrested for felony assault.And in June, violent confrontation witnesses said happened between two unhoused people and stopped traffic, was caught on camera at 30th and J streets.”It’s getting out of hand,” Pensa said. “It’s just something we shouldn’t have to put up with.”In a statement to KCRA 3 regarding citizens intervening or reporting it when they see possible crimes in progress, police said:”The Sacramento Police Department encourages any person who observes criminal activity This includes but is not limited to: obtaining a detailed physical description of any suspect(s), make/model or license plate of a vehicle, a specific location or direction of travel, and a clear and concise description of the criminal activity.”Criminal or suspicious activity can be reported to our non-emergency dispatch at 916-808-5471. In the event of an emergency please call 911.”Seeing situations like this in his neighborhood, however, and now experiencing something like it firsthand have Pensa rethinking how he will go about trying to stay safe.”I’m gonna get my concealed carry .Take matters into my own hands,” said Pensa. “I mean that’s what we’re forced to do.”

This week started off like any other for Jordan Penza.

Monday morning, the Midtown Sacramento man got ready to go to work and made a stop at a convenience store near his home where he buys a cup of coffee each day.

He soon realized, however, his daily coffee stop was anything but an ordinary one.

“A homeless man had, I guess, decided that he wanted to hold up the store,” Pensa explained. “He was kinda behind the register, is what I was told, and stuffing stuff in his bag.”

Inside the convenience store, Pensa said, the man became irate and confrontational.

“He just decided he wanted to have a field day with me,” said Penza. “So he took off his shirt and flexed a couple of times.”

With things unraveling fast, a fight broke out.

The store staff had some personal safety items on hand, according to Pensa, that they tossed to him during the scuffle.

“I was able to dump a whole can of pepper spray in the guy’s face,” Pensa said.

They also had a stun gun Pensa tried to use to subdue the man.

“Turned on the stun gun, and when the guy tried to dip me and pick me up and throw me on the ground, I jabbed it in his kidney. Let him have it,” explained Penza. “He didn’t stop. He tried to come and bite me in the leg.”

At one point, the fight spilled outside in front of the store. Pensa broke free – making his way back inside, he thought to safety.

But he said the man came back in after him.

“He wrapped a belt around his hand with about two feet off the end of it, about two, three feet, and we were standing at the register,” said Pensa. “He just cold-cocked me in the head as hard as he could.”

The incident left Penza with head injuries.

“I ended up at the ER, two CT scans,” he said. “Thought I had a fracture to my jaw, but they ended up telling me it was just really deep swelling.”

Sacramento police said the man who attacked Pensa took off after the fight. They said they found Eloghosa Adolor near 30th Street and Fat Alley and arrested him on felony assault charges.

KCRA 3 requested a copy of the surveillance video from inside the store during the altercation, but police aren’t releasing it at this time as it is part of an ongoing investigation.

This incident is not the first violent encounter witnesses have reported involving unhoused individuals in East Sacramento and the area at Midtown.

In February, a mom putting her children in their car near McKinley Park was shoved into her car and punched 10 times, according to witnesses, by a suspect who was later arrested for felony assault.

And in June, violent confrontation witnesses said happened between two unhoused people and stopped traffic, was caught on camera at 30th and J streets.

“It’s getting out of hand,” Pensa said. “It’s just something we shouldn’t have to put up with.”

In a statement to KCRA 3 regarding citizens intervening or reporting it when they see possible crimes in progress, police said:

“The Sacramento Police Department encourages any person who observes criminal activity to be a good witness. This includes but is not limited to: obtaining a detailed physical description of any suspect(s), make/model or license plate of a vehicle, a specific location or direction of travel, and a clear and concise description of the criminal activity.”Criminal or suspicious activity can be reported to our non-emergency dispatch at 916-808-5471. In the event of an emergency please call 911.”

Seeing situations like this in his neighborhood, however, and now experiencing something like it firsthand have Pensa rethinking how he will go about trying to stay safe.

“I’m gonna get my concealed carry. Take matters into my own hands,” said Pensa. “I mean that’s what we’re forced to do.”

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