Las Vegas man arrested after killing a woman over a salad
A Las Vegas store clerk, Rainier Jefferson, was arrested and charged with homicide after he allegedly attacked and shot a woman who was accused of stealing a salad from the store.
The incident took place at a 7-Eleven gas station near East Sahara Avenue and Lynnwood Street. The victim, 35-year-old Mallery Armijo, was found with two gunshot wounds to her back. The victim tragically lost her life.
8newsnow reported, Jefferson, also 35, is held without bond on a murder with a deadly weapon charge following his arrest on June 23. The police report states that Jefferson had attacked Armijo over an altercation about stolen goods.
Surveillance Footage Reveals Chilling Details
Surveillance footage from the store and a nearby business played a crucial role in the investigation. Specifically, the video from the store had no audio, but the one from outside did. The footage showed Armijo entering the store with two others, with Jefferson being the only employee present at the time. Armijo selected multiple items and walked around the store.
Next, she then concealed what appeared to be a pre-made salad in her purse and walked to the front of the store near the cash register, carrying the remainder of her selections in her hands.
Jefferson, who had been watching the surveillance video, confronted Armijo, asking her to put her items on the counter and return the salad. However, Armijo continued to walk out of the store, prompting Jefferson to follow her outside.
Altercation Escalates into Violence
The report states that Jefferson grabbed the straps of Armijo's purse as she tried to leave. After Armijo attempted to strike Jefferson's arm, he dodged the strike and punched her in the head, causing her to fall to the asphalt parking lot.
Jefferson pulled at her purse, propelling Armijo across the parking lot before he ripped the purse from her grasp. One of Armijo's friends exited the store with a gun in hand and approached Jefferson, but never pointed the gun at him. The suspect was yelling:
"Yeah, I'm fittin' to show you. You fittin' to see."
Shots Fired, Life Lost
After retrieving the salad from Armijo's purse and throwing the purse in the parking lot, Jefferson went back into the store. Armijo and her friends left the area, walking east through the parking lot and out of view of the camera.
Next, Jefferson was seen on the store camera going quickly into the employee's only area, grabbing a black and red handgun, and going to the door of the store, appearing to yell at Armijo and the others. He was heard saying on the video,
"I'll show you, gangster boy, this is a strap."
Three gunshots were heard, and Armijo fell to the ground as they were walking away, their backs turned to Jefferson.
Shortly after, Jefferson was seen running away from the store with the gun in his hand, then reappearing on video without the gun, which was later found on the roof.
Arrest and Court Proceedings
Jefferson, who was on probation and a twice-convicted person prohibited from possessing firearms, was taken into custody five days later. His next appearance in court is scheduled for July 17.
The tragic incident has left the community in shock, raising questions about the value of human life over material goods. The case continues to unfold as Jefferson awaits his day in court.
The community will be watching closely, hoping for justice for Mallery Armijo.
- A Las Vegas store clerk was arrested and charged with homicide.
- The incident took place at a 7-Eleven gas station near East Sahara Avenue and Lynnwood Street.
- Surveillance footage played a crucial role in the investigation, revealing the altercation and subsequent violence.
- Jefferson was seen on camera confronting Armijo, following her outside, and engaging in a physical altercation before retrieving a handgun from the store.
- Three gunshots were heard, and Armijo fell to the ground. Jefferson was seen running away from the store with the gun in his hand.
- Jefferson, who was on probation and a twice-convicted person prohibited from possessing firearms, was taken into custody five days later.