Thieves allegedly beat and choked the manager of a Salvation Army store in South San Francisco on Wednesday after he caught them shoplifting.
One suspect, identified Thursday as 43-year-old Mark McCawley, was arrested and booked on multiple charges in connection with the afternoon melee at the store at 1170 Mission Road.
About 1 p.m., police said, McCawley entered the store with his girlfriend, Bryce O’Rourke, and another woman.
The other woman then left and waited in a car outside.
Meanwhile, McCawley and O’Rourke reportedly went into a restricted area, put on various clothing items, and attempted to conceal handbags and housewares.
The 48-year-old store manager “asked them to stop and merely return the items.” McCawley instead punched the store manager in the face and attempted to flee, police said, but two customers tackled him.
O’Rourke tried to free her boyfriend by choking the store manager, police said, but then she apparently gave up and fled with the other woman in the car.
The unemployed McCawley was arrested after a brief struggle. The store manager suffered bruises and abrasions, but was treated at the scene and released.