Authorities Wednesday released video and still images of a man suspected of slashing the face and body of a 53-year-old gas station and convenience store clerk in West Carson after asking her to fix a bathroom toilet.
The attack occurred about 6 a.m. on June 16 at the store in the 900 block of West Sepulveda Boulevard, according to Detective Paul Carmona of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Carson Station.
The suspect entered the store, made a small purchase and then asked the clerk, who is the mother of six children, if he could use the restroom, Carmona said.
“He entered the restroom but exited seconds later asking that she fix the toilet,” the detective said. “Prompted by the suspect’s request, the clerk entered the restroom as the suspect followed her inside. While both were inside the restroom, the suspect suddenly attacked the clerk, slashing her across her face and abdomen with an unknown object.”
The attacker, whom the clerk said she had never seen before, ran out of the store and got into a red, four-door sedan.
“The clerk received significant injuries to her face and abdomen,” Carmona said. “She was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released.”
The woman has not been able to return to work, he said.
The suspect is described as Hispanic, about 20 years old, 5-feet-11 inches tall, 160-170 pounds with dark hair. He wore a black-and-green hat with the phrase “I (marijuana leaf) weed,” a red T-shirt and black pants.
The vehicle had a sunroof, vertical slats on the front grill and possibly had a sticker or chipped paint on driver’s side door frame. It was last seen being driven away south on Vermont Avenue.
Detectives asked anyone who recognizes the suspect from the video or still images or has information about the case to call the Carson station at (310) 830-1123.
Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.