A transient who allegedly stabbed a clerk to death at a gas station/convenience store in Maywood is in custody Wednesday evening.
The stabbing was reported at about 5:30 a.m. at an ARCO am/pm in the 4700 block of Slauson Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies from the East Los Angeles Station responded to a “fight in progress” call at the store and when they arrived, they found the suspect fighting with two men inside the store. Deputies detained the suspect and escorted him outside, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said.
Deputies then went back into the store and found “a female clerk who had been stabbed multiple times behind the counter,” sheriff’s Lt. Barry Hall said. “She was … down on the floor behind the counter.”
Paramedics were called and the woman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Navarro-Suarez said.
A preliminary investigation determined the suspect, identified as 33-year-old transient Kevin C. Gomez, was inside the store when he suddenly attacked the victim. A co-worker tried to help the victim, but Gomez began trying to stab her, as well, Navarro-Suarez said.
Gomez did not realize the blade had broken from its handle and continued to try to attack the second woman before two men were able to grab him and fight with him until deputies arrived, Navarro-Suarez said.
The co-worker and customers were all unaware the victim had been stabbed multiple times.
The men were not injured, but the victim’s co-worker sustained cuts and was treated at the scene.
A motive for the attack was under investigation. A broken kitchen knife was recovered.
Gomez was being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
The victim was identified by a co-worker on a GoFundMe page as Nelly Baez. As of 11 p.m., the account had raised nearly $1,100.
Anyone with information on the attack was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.