Circle K Run Turns Into Jail Time For UTEP Players

Apparently, there aren’t any Best Buys in El Paso, TX. I’m saying that because it appears that if you need to buy stereo equipment there, you just wait around at the local convenience store and wait for someone to come up to you with a deal. (Think of it like Craigslist, but with Slushies and day-old hot dogs.) And if you want to steal some stereo equipment, you can allegedly just chill out by the frozen snack section, enjoy a Choco Taco and wait.

Bike stereo system

(I hope the stereo system was a little more hi-fi than this.)

The EL PASO TIMES says two UTEP football players did just that on Monday, allegedly assaulting a man who had approached them at a Circle K with an offer to sell them a home entertainment system. The really strange part is that the alleged victim is a salesman for a local electronics store, which makes it even more curious that he was approaching people at the Circle K about his latest deal. Don’t the have, you know, a store where they can sell people stereos?

The alleged victim - who is only referred to in the complaint as Aguilera-Mota - says he approached three men with his red tag offer at the store, including UTEP running back Daniel Palmer and safety Nick Sampson, who allegedly tried to get him to leave the stereo there, saying he would “pay later.” Aguilera-Mota was too smart to fall for he “Wimpy” ruse, but not smart enough to avoid allegedly getting punched for his troubles later.

Aguilera-Mota says the three men eventually went back to his apartment, where he showed them the stereo equipment. (Again, this store doesn’t have a warehouse? I’m starting to think something shady was going on here.) After taking a look at the goods, the three men apparently decided to make their own deal: they would take the goods in exchange for a knuckle sandwich:

At the complex, Aguilera-Mota opened a box with a system. Then, the complaint stated, Palmer told Sampson to strike Aguilera-Mota.

“Hit him and take that,” police quoted Palmer as saying.

Sampson, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, allegedly punched Aguilera-Mota in the neck. Aguilera-Mota ran, but said Sampson chased him and grabbed him by his collar.

Aguilera-Mota said somebody hit him a second time. Then, he said, he looked up and saw Palmer putting the system in the back of the Mustang. Aguilera-Mota said the thieves then sped off. He gave police the Mustang’s license number.

Now, I hate pushy salesmen as much as the next guy, but even I think this seems a bit…excessive. This why I buy my fenced stereo equipment the old-fashioned way: at the flea market.