ABSURD: NYC liquor store owner facing 7 YEARS’ JAIL TIME for defending himself against violent thief
By Ava Grace // May 28, 2024

A liquor store owner in New York City (NYC) is facing seven years behind bars for defending himself, after he was forced to shoot a violent thief who attacked him at the door of his shop.

Francisco Valerio, 53, and his brother Luis allegedly caught two thieves trying to shoplift bottles of liquor into their jackets inside Franja Wines and Liquors in the Ridgewood neighborhood of the Queens borough. Surveillance footage released by the United Bodegas of America showed the Valerios grabbing Kevin Pullutasi and Edwin Paiquiza – both 20 – then shoving them toward the door as another customer looked on.

Luis escorted the two shoplifters outside the store premises and onto the sidewalk. Pullutasi then ran toward the door, kicking and throwing punches at Francisco. The 53-year-old then drew his firearm and pistol-whipped the attacker.

However, the gun accidentally went off and Pullatasi suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The shopkeeper claimed he accidentally fired a shot while trying to hit the shoplifter, who attacked unprovoked in the first place.

Despite the clear circumstance of Francisco merely defending himself and his business, Queens District Attorney (DA) Melinda Katz is seeking felony charges against him. This, despite the 53-year-old father of two having a concealed carry permit and a spotless criminal record.

"Two crimes resulted in three people being charged," said Katz, a Democrat cut from the same cloth as progressive Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg. "The store owner was physically attacked by one of them. Unfortunately, as alleged, that led to a reckless shooting by the store owner on a public street in broad daylight."

Human knowledge is under attack! Governments and powerful corporations are using censorship to wipe out humanity's knowledge base about nutrition, herbs, self-reliance, natural immunity, food production, preparedness and much more. We are preserving human knowledge using AI technology while building the infrastructure of human freedom. Speak freely without censorship at the new decentralized, blockchain-power Brighteon.io. Explore our free, downloadable generative AI tools at Brighteon.AI. Support our efforts to build the infrastructure of human freedom by shopping at HealthRangerStore.com, featuring lab-tested, certified organic, non-GMO foods and nutritional solutions.

The store owner has not been allowed to post bail, and is set to return to court. Meanwhile, the 20-year-old shoplifter is expected to recover from his injury. Pullutasi will face assault and petit larceny charges, with lesser punishment compared to the one handed down to the business owner.

Upside-down justice in the Big Apple

While Katz is seeking a felony conviction, some critics want the charges against Francisco dropped entirely. They argue that the shooting was an accident and the shopkeeper was only acting in self-defense. (Related: RIGGED: Gun Violence Archive designates non-violent incidents as "gun violence.")

"It's all based through the eyes of the person who was involved. Only Frank knows the circumstances that he was facing," family friend Johnny Nunez said. "We have one crime, one crime. They were stealing. Frank did not commit a crime."

A felony conviction would mean Francisco would lose his business and be sent to prison for years. Jael, his wife of 30 years, called that outcome unthinkable.

"These few days have been very, very hard," she shared. "You would think somebody that is always doing the right thing, by others, by his peers, by everybody, and then this small incident happens and he can lose his freedom over that? I don't know what to say."

"This type of upside-down 'justice' system is one major reason millions of Americans are fleeing blue cities being intentionally destroyed by Democrat policies," InfoWars shared.

Head over to Violence.news for more similar stories.

Watch this video showing shoplifters targeting a Macy's location in NYC.

This video is from the Vampire Slayer channel on Brighteon.com.

More related stories:

Major retailers cite RETAIL THEFT as justification for using AI-powered surveillance in stores.

Dollar Tree announces plans to close down 1,000 stores due to INFLATION and RETAIL THEFT.

Target to shutter NINE stores in major U.S. cities, all Democrat controlled, due to out-of-control theft and violence.

Retailers across state of New York losing $12M daily to RETAIL THEFT.

CULTURE of THEFT: D.C. neighborhood CVS retailer gets routinely ransacked by a mob of kids.

Sources include:



Take Action:
Support NewsTarget by linking to this article from your website.
Permalink to this article:
Embed article link:
Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use is permitted with credit to NewsTarget.com (including a clickable link).
Please contact us for more information.
Free Email Alerts
Get independent news alerts on natural cures, food lab tests, cannabis medicine, science, robotics, drones, privacy and more.

NewsTarget.com © 2022 All Rights Reserved. All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. NewsTarget.com is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. NewsTarget.com assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published on this site. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

This site uses cookies
News Target uses cookies to improve your experience on our site. By using this site, you agree to our privacy policy.
Learn More
Get 100% real, uncensored news delivered straight to your inbox
You can unsubscribe at any time. Your email privacy is completely protected.