Anthony Kyser, a 35-year-old unemployed barber was strangled to death today by a CVS employee who seen him shoplifting several tubes of toothpaste. While determined to get the store's toothpaste back, the worker chased Kyser out of the store and down a litter-strewn alley, officials said.
Witnesses said Kyser cried, “I can't breathe, I can't breathe!” as the CVS worker held him in a chokehold for what they thought was several minutes. Three other men attempted to restrain him in the alley behind the 2600 block of South Pulaski, the witnesses said.
The medical examiner ruled Kyser's death a homicide, saying an autopsy showed he had been strangled, but police said Sunday the employee who killed him won't be charged.