Cops Release Store-Stabbing Suspect's Photo

By Eric S. Page
|  Monday, Dec 13, 2010  |  Updated 1:16 PM PDT
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Police said the attack was so brutal the surveillance video is hard to watch.

Police said the attack was so brutal the surveillance video is hard to watch.

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Investigators said on Monday that they have identified a man who was videotaped last week stabbing a store clerk in South Bay.

Investigators said on Monday that they identified a man who was videotaped last week stabbing a store clerk in South Bay.

Police said this week that Ruben Moreno, 19, was the man caught by cameras at 4 a.m. last Monday entering the Circle K store in the 2000 block of Dairy Mart Road, wielding a large butcher knife. Moreno demanded cash and threatened the clerk, then also tried to rob a customer in the store, police said, but the clerk intervened, hitting Moreno with a stool.

Moreno fought back then, stabbing the clerk several time before fleeing.

The well-known and well-liked clerk named Oscar suffered life-threatening injuries in the incident and required hours of surgery at a local hospital.

Investigators said on Monday that they had identified Moreno as the suspect in the case and released his photo. Moreno is 5-feet 8-inches tall and weights 205 pounds. A warrant for his arrest -- charging him with attempted murder, robbery and attempted robbery -- has been issued.

Anybody with information about Moreno's whereabouts is being asked to call the San Diego police at 619-531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.
 

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