A Lakewood liquor store is trying to navigate through a pandemic and an alleged assault on the store’s owner. According to an affidavit from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Singh …
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A Lakewood liquor store is trying to navigate through a pandemic and an alleged assault on the store’s owner.
According to an affidavit from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Singh Lakhwant, owner of Two Angels Liquors at 2589 S. Lewis Way, was struck by a black sedan, operated by 36-year-old Eric Breemen of Denver.
Lakewood Police were called to the area on April 29, and when they arrived, they found Lakhwant lying in the parking lot with serious injuries, the affidavit reads.
A witness at the scene told police they saw Lakhwant in a verbal altercation in the parking lot with a white man. After the argument, the witness said the man got into a black sedan and proceeded to accelerate toward Lakhwant.
“(Lakhwant) attempted to get out of the way of the vehicle but was struck and was rolled over by both front and rear tires of the vehicle,” the affidavit says.
Lakhwant’s son, Onkar Lakhwant, said he wasn’t at the store at the time of the incident, but said his family told him the man entered Two Angels Liquors, cursed loudly, and then went to the counter of the liquor store and started breaking everything he saw.
“From what I know, (Lakhwant) chased (the man) out, and as he was leaving, (Lakhwant) was checking his license plate to inform the cops,” said Onkar. “The guy drove the car into him and ran him over. It was definitely intentional. I saw it on video.”
After the incident, police reviewed other case reports involving the same suspect and were able to locate Breemen on April 30 in his car at a Safeway parking lot in the area of South Kipling Parkway and West Belleview Avenue.
Breemen was taken into custody and interviewed by Lakewood Police on April 30. He said two people in Two Angels Liquors were picking on him on the day of the alleged incident because he watched transsexual pornography.
“(Breemen) said he then became upset and knocked over some merchandise inside the store. (Breemen) said as he left the store, he was followed by the shop owner who `looked like an older Arab’,” the affidavit says.
Breemen said he was threatened with a large rock by Lakhwant. He then got into his car, slowly backed up and attempted to leave the parking lot when Lakhwant jumped in front of his car, according to the affidavit.
Breemen admitted to knowing that he hit Lakhwant and said he was not sure how injured the man was.
“During the interview, (Breemen) admitted to drinking alcohol and knew that it was in violation of bond conditions (related to five counts of felony menacing). (Breemen) was also wearing an ankle monitor at the time of our contact,” the affidavit reads.
Lakhwant was left with a broken left arm, broken ribs, internal bleeding, a possible clavicle fracture, spinal fracture and staples in his head, Onkar said.
Breemen was charged with six felonies, including attempted murder, first-degree assault for extreme indifference, first-degree assault for causing serious bodily injury, leaving a scene involving serious bodily injury, vehicular assault and violating bail bond conditions. He was also charged with four violent crime counts.
Breemen was out on bond in another Jefferson County case where he had been charged with five counts of felony menacing.
He is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on a $50,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing on May 28.
When Lakewood resident Curtis Ridenour goes to purchase liquor, he typically goes to Two Angels Liquors as it is near his house. He said he gets along well with the owners, and they’re nice to his daughters.
Ridenour went to purchase liquor at the beginning of the month when Kuar told him about the alleged incident.
“I was like wow, that is so terrible and hard,” said Ridenour.
He recently received a text message from the office of Colorado state Sen. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, asking what they can do to help during the pandemic, Ridenour said. He then alerted Pettersen’s team about the alleged incident that occurred at Two Angels Liquors.
“We’re in a pandemic, it’s a stressful time. I didn’t know what else I could do other than make some more purchases at (Two Angels Liquors) — then maybe it would help them with medical bills,” said Ridenour.
Pettersen voiced her support for the liquor store in a May 13 Facebook post by alerting residents about the incident and asking the community to consider shopping at Two Angels Liquors to help the family.
Onkar said he has seen an uptick in customers at the liquor store who are there to support his family. He also mentioned that Two Angels Liquors has received an outpour of messages from residents who are offering their support and prayers.
“The love we have received has been keeping us energetic and keeping our spirits high. We know we’ll get through this,” said Onkar.
His mother and Lakhwant’s wife, Manjit Kuar, has been working extra hours at the store, Onkar said. He said Lakhwant isn’t sitting up and has had stomach issues arise. Onkar mentioned that doctors believe Lakhwant will walk again and go back to how he was before the alleged incident, eventually.
“As you can imagine, it has been tough for all of us, but we’re hanging in there. We have a lot of support from the community, and the love has been more than we can imagine,” said Onkar. “That helps us quite a bit.”
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