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Man charged for Punching Pregnant Woman
Investigators say the man who punched a pregnant store clerk has done this before. Escambia County deputies charged Vincent Johnson with robbery and battery for an incident that happened in May.
Deputies say he punched a store clerk at Happy Nicks convenience store on Palafox Street.
This incident happened about three weeks ago.
Sherry Bryson was the only employee that day. She opened up the store and began preparing food.
The first customer who comes in is one she's seen before, but she never expected what happened next.
In the surveillance video, you can see Bryson behind the counter and deputies say the man is Vincent Johnson.
Johnson walks behind the counter and suddenly punches Bryson in the face, knocking her down.
He then takes money out of the register.
"I'm glad he got caught. I'm sad. I mean, I'm glad it happened the way it did, but I feel sorry for the girl because she was pregnant," said Bryson.
The store owner says Johnson took about $500 in cash and $200 worth of scratch off lotto tickets.
Bryson did not go to the hospital, but says she was bruised up and is still experiencing some pain.
She says Johnson was a frequent customer at the store. When she watched the surveillance video of Johnson punching a pregnant woman, she knew right away that was the same man who punched her.
"When she asked him, 'is it hot out there?' and when he spoke, I knew it was him. And when he hit her, I was like, I felt her pain then," said Bryson.
Bryson says she's still shaken up by the whole incident.
She now refuses to be alone inside the store.
"I have my boyfriend with me all the time. I won't stay here by myself," said Bryson.
Johnson has several other similar arrests on his record.
He was charged with battery and false imprisonment in 2009.
He was also arrested twice in 2012 on battery and robbery charges.