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Auburn 7-11 clerk makes citizen’s arrest on man angered by lottery machine

A 7-11 store clerk made a citizen arrest of a man who tried to provoke a fight in the store because he was angry that the lottery machine wasn’t working early Tuesday morning.

Jeremy Stigge. 30, was being held on $35,000 bond at the Placer County Jail. He is facing charges of fighting, possession of a narcotics, and bringing a controlled substance into a jail. No city was listed as his residence.

At 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, Auburn police were called to a hold-up alarm being activated at the 7-11 store, 500 Auburn Ravine Road.

A store clerk had pushed the alarm because a man, later identified as Stigge, had become angry that the lottery machine wasn’t working after 2 a.m., and challenged the clerk to a fight.

When officer Stan Hamelin arrived, he found that the clerk had made a citizen arrest on the suspect, according to Auburn police.

However, Brian Singh, the 7-11 store manager, said his employee did not restrain Sigge or otherwise detain him, and that the suspect was still on the premises when the police arrived.

“We don’t allow our clerks to get into a fight and the guy didn’t want to leave the store,” said Singh. “He pushed the emergency button and the cops arrived ASAP.”

After Stigge was taken to the jail, deputies found that he had two hydrocodone pills hidden on him. It is a felony to have possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and to bring it into a jail facility, so he was booked under those additional charges.