Police publish new details about the heinous murder of a gas station employee


Channel 2 News He learns the details of what led up to A heinous murder of a gas station employee.

Witnesses say 25-year-old Vivek Saini was attacked with a hammer by a homeless man at the Chevron Food Mart at Snapfinger and Cleveland Road in Lithonia late Monday night.

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Workers at the Food Mart said that since Sunday evening, they have allowed a homeless man, identified by police as 53-year-old Julian Faulkner, in and out of their store.

“He asked us for potato chips and we gave him coke everything including water,” one Chevron employee said.

He said they spent nearly two days helping the man.

“He asked me if I could get a blanket, and I said we don’t have blankets, so I gave him a jacket. “He was coming in and out and being asked for cigarette water and everything,” the employee said. “He was sitting here the whole time and we never asked him to come out because we knew it was cold.” .

But on Monday night, Saini told Faulkner it was time to go.

“He asked him to leave or he would call the police. He’s been there for two days,” the employee said.

When Saini left to go home, Faulkner attacked him with a hammer, police said.

The employee said: “He hit him from behind and then continued to hit him about 50 times in the face and on his head.”

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According to the incident report, when officers arrived, Faulkner was still holding the hammer and standing over the victim.

Police gave him verbal commands to drop the hammer.

Saini, a recent MBA graduate, was pronounced dead inside the store.

“I can’t even describe how I feel. We were always trying to be helpful and we never expected this kind of thing to happen.

Police said Faulkner is in jail on charges of first-degree murder and interference with government property.

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