‘He knocked out one of my customers!’ clerk yells in dramatic 911 call


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a 911 call that started out relatively calm, until the moment a convenience store clerk yells, ‘Oh my God!’

On Monday night, a clerk at Safeway Food Market called 911 to report a domestic disturbance that was getting heated.

“Is the disturbance physical or verbal?” the 911 operator asked.

“Both,” the clerk replied.

While giving 911 a description of the couple involved, the clerk suddenly becomes frantic.

“Oh my God, oh my God!”

“What happened?” the 911 operator asked.

“I need an ambulance!”

“What happened?” 911 asks again.

“I need an ambulance, now!”

“Ma’am, tell me,” the 911 operator persists.

“He hit, he knocked out one of my customers!” the clerk said.

“You’d better not go anywhere!” the clerk then yells out to an unknown person.

The 911 operator then asks for a description and whether they are still in the store. The clerk tells her they are leaving.

“I have a customer that was standing in line and the guy was telling him ‘get off the girl’ and he just knocked the man, he just punched…” the clerk said.

“Ma’am I need you to take a breath,” the 911 operator asks.

The operator then says she’s getting EMS. The caller tells her they need to come quickly because the man is hurt badly. He’s barely breathing and gasping, the clerk tells the operator.

The clerk tells 911 the girl (involved in the disturbance) is still there and explains again the victim is gasping for air and bleeding.

The operator then hears something concerning in the background of the call.

“Is he snoring?” she asks.

Once the clerk says yes, that’s when things take a turn.

“All right, he’s not exactly breathing. We need to to CPR,” the 911 operator says.

“Be quiet!” the clerk again yells to someone talking in the background.

“We need to do CPR on him if he’s snoring,” the clerk repeats.

While in the middle of CPR there is arguing in the background.

“I’m a nurse ma’am, he’s already breathing,” you can then hear a woman say in the background of the call.

“She said he’s not because he’s snoring,” the clerk tells the unknown woman.

“If he was dead he would not be breathing,” the unknown woman yells.

“Please be quiet,” the clerk said.

“Don’t worry, you don’t listen to her, keep going,” the 911 operator interrupts. “I need you to listen to me and not her.”

The woman continues to talk loudly in the background while the clerk continues to perform CPR.

The man, now identified as Alan Pearson, is taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and put on life support.

His family is heartbroken.

“He tried to help a young lady in distress just by speaking to her,” David Pearson said. “He’s a hero. He tried to help a stranger and it cost him his life.”

On Wednesday night, Pearson was removed from life support and his organs donated.

Wilmington Police arrested Hakeem Sanders, 31, on Tuesday for assault inflicting serious injury.

On Thursday, Sanders was charged with second degree murder after Pearson died. He’s also charged with a parole violation.

Sanders was convicted in December for assault on a female and interfering with emergency communication.

He is being held in the New Hanover County Detention Center under $1.1 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow on the new charge.

Sanders has declined WWAY’s request for an interview.

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