Watsonville gas station clerk stabbed

January 8, 2009 1:12:01 PM PST
A gas station clerk was stabbed several times early this morning in Watsonville after a man armed with a butcher knife attempted to rob the business, Watsonville police said.

Officers were called to the USA Gas Freedom Mart at 1902 Freedom Blvd. shortly before 1 a.m. on reports of an attempted armed robbery, police said.

The 35-year-old clerk told police a man had entered the store and demanded money. When the clerk refused, the suspect took out a butcher knife and tried to stab the clerk, police said.

The clerk used a fire extinguisher to fight back. A second suspect then entered the store and the two succeeded in stabbing the clerk several times, police said.

The suspects left without taking any money and fled north on Freedom Boulevard in a white, older-model Cadillac, according to police.

The clerk is expected to survive the stabbing.

One suspect is described as a Hispanic man about 6 feet tall with a thin build and a goatee. He was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and dark pants and spoke English during the robbery, police said.

Police do not have a detailed description of the second suspect but said he was a Hispanic man of about the same height.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact police at (831) 768-3350 or the crime tip line at (831) 768-3544.