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Investigation underway after CVS employee was stabbed while trying to stop theft in DC

The suspect could be heard saying, "this will get you killed," before stabbing the victim, according to a police report.

WASHINGTON — A CVS employee was hospitalized after being stabbed while trying to stop a thief in Southeast D.C. Tuesday afternoon.

According to a police report, a witness at the scene called 911 to report that someone was attempting to steal items from the CVS located on Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast, off of 6th Street Southeast, around 3:40 p.m. At the same time, an employee tried to intervene and stop the suspect from stealing.

The suspect in the case then told the employee that he would stab him. After making the threat, the suspect threw the items he attempted to steal and left the store only to reenter a short time later.

When the suspect reentered the store, another witness was on the phone with 911, and the suspect could be heard saying, "this will get you killed," according to a police. The suspect then took out a sharp cutting instrument and stabbed the victim in the neck on the left side.

The suspect then left the scene, leaving behind the victim with a bleeding puncture wound to his neck. The victim was found at the CVS conscious and breathing by police.

The D.C. Fire and EMS arrived at the scene and provided the victim first aid before taking them to a local hospital for treatment.

According to police, the unidentified suspect has been described as a tall man who was wearing a black leather jacket, black pants with "MK" on them, and Nike sneakers at the time of the incident. He also had a black bookbag and was armed with a black pocket knife with silver blade. 

The suspect was captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in the photos below:

Credit: Metropolitan Police Department

Anyone who can identify this individual or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE at 50411

The Metropolitan Police Department  currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent crime committed in the District of Columbia.

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