Downtown food mart employee recalls violent teen mob


by Alex Schuman

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 24 at 11:54 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – We have watched him try to fend off teens from stealing in surveillance video from Bader’s Food Mart on Saturday night.

Alvin Mathew was working that shift with his wife.  Neither of them was hurt.

"At first it seemed like just one or two teenagers then we looked up about 30 to 35 trying to run into the store,” Mathew said.  “I tried to lock the door, but some of them had already got in.  Some were already standing in the way I couldn't lock the door," Mathew said.

He said some of the teens warned him they would rush the door.  Mathew claims he said it would only cause trouble for them in the end.

"Next thing I know, they try to rush me,” he said.  “I was told a couple hit me.  I didn't really feel it."

Mathews said his main concern was for his wife, and others they assaulted Saturday night.

"I'm not even really worried about my own safety.  But my wife works here,” Mathew said.  “They jumped on a lady in her car.  For what reason?  Cause she was there.  And come on now, that's pointless.  That's pointless, sad and pathetic.”

He has worked at this store location for about three months, and claims this is not the first time teens rushed the store.

"We had to call the police about two weeks ago for the same incident,” Mathew said.  “It was warm.  Next thing you we got a heard of kids trying to steal stuff."

Mathew hopes police and city leaders can figure out a way to calm things down before Thunder and other downtown events.

"I shouldn't have to worry about coming to work and, 'Oh crap it's a Saturday night - teenagers are out.'” He said.  “I got a whole summer to look forward to.  What happens when it's a Monday night?  Or a Tuesday night?  Or a Sunday night?  Are people downtown gonna be safe?

Police plan to increase patrols downtown during the evening and weekends.  If you have any information about the teens involved, you are asked to contact the police.