Police: An Enraged Pharmacy Cashier Ran Over an Unruly Customer with His Car

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Russell Lewis
The 5 a.m. shift is typically a quiet one for a cashier at an all-night pharmacy. The drunks have mostly gone to bed while the sober haven't yet roused themselves for the new day. But for whatever reason, that wasn't the case on Wednesday at the CVS at Central Expressway and Meadow Road. (Note: The address listed in the police report we're going off covers that entire shopping center and doesn't list a specific business. But the Tom Thumb doesn't open until 6, so we used our Holmesian powers of deduction to conclude this happened at the 24-hour pharmacy.)

Russell Lewis, 33, was working as a cashier that morning when police say a 24-year-old Dallas man named Craig Ellis walked in. It's not clear from the police report what exactly transpired inside the store, but Ellis was apparently doing something he shouldn't have, and Lewis had to physically remove him from the store.

That probably should have been the end of things, but, as he was driving away, police say Ellis hurled a racial slur at Lewis. Lewis got in his own car and briefly gave chase, then returned to his post in the store.

Things could have ended there as well, but they didn't. Forty-five minutes later, police say Ellis returned with a large rock, which he used to smash Lewis' back window.

This time, Lewis wasn't going to let Ellis just drive off. He got into his car once again and trailed Ellis out of the parking lot and down the Central service road, ramming the car until, in front of a Shell station a few blocks away, it was completely disabled.

Police say that Ellis bailed out at this point and took off on foot, with Lewis following in his car. Lewis caught up with him midway across the parking lot, knocking Ellis down and running over his legs. Officers arrived 10 minutes later and arrested Lewis, who's now in Lew Sterrett on a charge of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.

Update at 4:38 p.m.: A Friend of Unfair Park reader who was at the CVS this morning writes to clarify what led up to all this:

The black CVS employee was clearly insane and was hurling racial comments to the customer who had stepped on the floor he had just mopped. The customer did get quite mad when the employee insulted his girlfriend. No excuse, but I feel sorry for anyone mentioned publicly in this article because it paints a much worse picture of the customer than what happened. If you think "doing something he shouldn't be doing" includes taking one step onto a wet floor so he could get some allergy medicine, I would hate to live in your world. This employee was clearly either on drugs or insane from the second the conflict started. I was personally afraid of him and I was uninvolved!!!
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rain392
rain392

I have no comment on who was right and wrong.  Hopefully the police will sort it out.  An observation:  Look at the size of Mr. Lewis neck.  That is the neck of an athlete in top shape..or...someone on roids.  We don't grow necks that size naturally.  If roids, he could have that roid rage and less ability to tolerate the crap some people are willing to throw around when they are drunk or on drugs.  He was perfectly within his responsibilities to remind Mr. Ellis to stay off the wet floor.  Remember the guy went off on Mr Lewis first.

knowthefacts1st
knowthefacts1st

I'M A WITNESS ALSO AND HE WAS TOLD NOT TO WALK ON THE WET FLOOR FOR HIS OWN SAFETY AND HE REPLIED HE CAN DO WHAT HE WANTS,THEN UPON LEAVING HE THREATENED MR.LEWIS BY SAYING I WILL KILL YOU STUPID NIGGER, AND NOT TO MENTION MR. ELLIS WAS CLEARLY HIGH AND DRUNK

knowthefacts1st
knowthefacts1st

WOW WHAT AN AMAZING WITNESS, TO KNOW WHAT MR. ELLIS WAS GOING TO PURCHASE AND AN ACCOUNT OF DETAILS THAT ONLY SOMEONE ENVOLVED WOULD KNOW GREAT JOUNALISM

Barack
Barack

Yo he won’t need da ear studs where he be going.

Barack
Barack

CVS should have called me for some of my good beer diplomacy.

StupidHippies
StupidHippies

Oh well he HURLED a racial slur? Not guilty!

Kelly Tillett Rogers
Kelly Tillett Rogers

So much anger in people these days. Life is too short to live in Dallas!

Kathryn McCauley
Kathryn McCauley

This is what happens when you spend too much time playing Grand Theft Auto.

Beverly Karen Cox Regan
Beverly Karen Cox Regan

Isn't this the second fb post about someone running over someone else this week? How does running over someone with a car even occur in someone's mind? I can't fathom it.

todd
todd

If this happened at CVS, why did "Ellis returned to the Tom Thumb"?

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

I lived across the street from this place. NEVER AGAIN.

Cary Ellis
Cary Ellis

I recommend 90 days probation & anger mgmt. .....

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

I think that if I were on the jury, given the facts cited here, Mr. Lewis walks away Not Guilty.

if6were9
if6were9

This is why Xanax should be introduced into the water supply. Be kind to one another. :)

Rafael De La Cruz
Rafael De La Cruz

I used to be a pharmacy tech... customers can be shitty. They both went overboard, but I can understand the level of anger that ensues in that hostile environment. Not to say I would ever do that.

rzimmerman1
rzimmerman1

I'll bet Mr. Lewis wishes he had simply called DPD when Mr. Ellis misbehaved in the store. That would have been a whole lot better than physically removing Mr. Ellis, chasing him twice with a car, being called a bad word, getting his car window broken, bashing the hell out of two automobiles and ending up in jail facing serious charges for severely injuring and possibly crippling Mr. Ellis. Did Mr. Lewis get permission from his supervisor prior to engaging Mr. Ellis or did he just get mad?

amanda0422
amanda0422

This is the CVS I was at when the guy in front of me pulled out a gun and robbed the place. Wasn't violent, just demanded the money while pointing the gun at the cashier, got his cash and a couple boxs of cigs and walked out... i stood right behind him thinking wtf is happening right now. and that was that! think im done with that place even though i live around the corner. 

_mm_
_mm_

No-bill.  Next?

observist
observist

@momoftwoboys32 

"Forty-five minutes later, police say Ellis returned with a large rock, which he used to smash Lewis' back window."

So Ellis comes back to smash the car window of a man who seems angry, violent and insane.  How is he not an idiot?

crimjunkie
crimjunkie

@everlastingphelps If I'm on the jury and the facts are as reported here, both Mr. Lewis and Mr. Ellis are convicted, as they both committed crimes.

wontunow
wontunow

@amanda0422  In the 1980's Meadow Road to Central Expressway  to Greenville Ave was a nice area.

Now it is scary trash.  I wonder what happened?

Daniel
Daniel

@John1073 I'm sure it felt gratifying for the few scant moments of his life it lasted. Unfortunately, Mr. Lewis is not too gifted at big-picture thinking. The hangover for this brief-lived euphoria will likely last 10 years.

StupidHippies
StupidHippies

@momoftwoboys32 @StupidHippies The Observer? Eric Nicholson? Modern left wing lazy bloggers? Actually interviewing someone or doing real journalism instead of whipping up copy pasta?

Inconceivable. 

observist
observist

@crimjunkie @everlastingphelps Yes - neither of them walked away when they had the chance, both escalated the confrontation.  Ellis returned after the initial confrontation just to smash Lewis' car window, then in the car chase Lewis smashed Ellis' car until it was inoperable (remember, this is in retaliation for a broken car window) then ran him over.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin @rzimmerman1 

That still would have been a preferable outcome for Lewis, doncha' think?

Lewis doesn't appear to be too bright. The assailant only knew which car was his because he chased him out of the lot in it the first time.

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