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99 Cents Only Store employee stabbed by accused shoplifter in Apple Valley

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Police are looking for a suspect accused of shoplifting from a 99 Cents Only Store and stabbing an employee in Apple Valley.

It happened on October 16, 2019, at the Jess Ranch Shopping Center in the 19200 block of Bear Valley Road.

At about 7:30 pm deputies along with emergency crews responded to the business reference an employee that was stabbed, according to scanner traffic.

The male employee was transported to a local hospital and is expected to make a recovery.

According to a witness Nick Rendon, prior to the stabbing, the suspect was inside the store calling for a woman named Lupe. Nick said the suspect attempted to run out of the store with a fully-loaded shopping cart and was stopped by someone near the front door.

Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Jodi Miller told VVNG when deputies arrived they were informed by the victim, a male employee, that a male subject was attempting to steal a full shopping cart of items by exiting the front door of the store without paying.  

“When confronted by the victim, the suspect lunged at him, causing a puncture wound (using an unknown object),  to his upper body.  The victim was transported to a local area hospital for treatment of his injury,” stated Miller.

A sheriff’s aviation helicopter assisted ground deputies with aerial support as they searched for the suspect in the Mojave River wash.

Miller said the suspect was only described as a white male adult and no arrest has been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Apple Valley Sheriffs Station at 760-240-7400.

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