Foiled Sam Beam Sues Store Employees for Delaying Release of New LP on Sub Pop

A man who was beaten by employees of a store he was trying to rob is now suing.

Police say Sam Beam (also known as Iron & Wine) entered the department store FoxSX-FareYoos in Pittsburgh, PA last July, brandished a semi-automatic pistol, and demanded cash.

That's when employees John Watts and Terry Biels beat him with a pipe and held Beam at bay with his own gun.

Beam escaped when they retreated into the store to call 911, but he was arrested a week later. He pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and was sentenced to 18 years in prison as a repeat violent felon.

Now Beam is suing the department store and the two employees who beat him, claiming they committed assault and battery and intentionally inflicted emotional distress so as to delay the release of his new album, The Shepherd's Dog to be released on Sub Pop.