Clerk stabbed, police search for suspect

March 21, 2008 5:29:11 AM PDT
Philadelphia police are trying to track down a bandit who stabbed a clerk this morning at a gas station convenience store.The stabbing was caught on surveillance tape. Action News will not show the actual stabbing.

Detectives are describing it as a vicious, brutal assault that has a innocent clerk clinging to life.

The surveillance video shows the suspect walking into the Sunoco at 5th and Erie around 530 a.m..

The suspect asks about some soft drinks on sale, the store clerk emerges from behind a protective partition and the two have more words. The suspect reaches into his pocket, struggles a bit, and then finally produces the knife. He begins to attack the clerk who fights for his life.

"He stabs the employee that's next to him repeatedly, and he continues to demand the money from the employee behind the counter. He does not get any money from this particular store and he leaves the store on foot," Lt. Frank Vanore of the Philadelphia Police said.

The 54-year-old victim, whose name is not being released, suffered more than a half dozen stab wounds to his chest and stomach.

"The victim in this case is in critical condition at Temple Hospital and we really need the publics help in this case," Lt. Vanore said.

Police want the public to take a close look at the suspect. He's described as Hispanic about 6 feet tall, 25 to 30 years old. They also want you to pay attention to the suspect's knife. Investigators say it's a distinct double bladed knife, possibly a martial arts knife.

"He had absolutely no regard. He's extremely violent. Anybody who may now him or see him or think they know him to call 911 or police. Do not approach him," Lt. Vanore said.

Your tips can remain anonymous. Police ask you to call 215-686-TIPS.