SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Santa Ana police Friday released security video of a stabbing at a local convenience store in hopes someone will recognize the two suspects.
Police said the attack happened last Sunday in the middle of the afternoon at a 7-Eleven located on the corner of Tustin Avenue and 17th Street.READ MORE: Deadly Multi-Vehicle Collision Strikes Apartment Building In Pacoima, Leaves 1 Dead, 5 Others Transported To Hospital
In the video, an armed suspect in a dark shirt is shown behind the counter arguing with the clerk while his accomplice with a backpack watches from the other side of the plastic sheeting. The video also captured audio recording, and at one point the suspect is heard asking his friend to hand over a knife — backing the clerk into a corner.
“When he gets backed up into the back, he grabs a knife for self-preservation,” Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. “It’s my understanding he didn’t use it.”
Bertagna said the victim was stabbed after raising his arm. The suspects then fled the scene.READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Among LAPD And LAFD Well Behind County Residents
During the ordeal, a customer walks into the store and the clerk can be heard asking if she can call the police.
“She told him she didn’t have a phone and she left,” Bertagna said. “After he got stabbed, someone called for assistance. If she’d had a phone, one would have hoped that she would have called.”
The clerk was said to be doing fine, but police were still searching for the suspects.MORE NEWS: Pursuit Suspect Attacks CHP Officers In Simi Valley
The clerk is doing OK but these two men are on the loose.