Safeway stabbing suspect sought |

Safeway stabbing suspect sought

An employee reportedly was stabbed by a man outside a Grass Valley grocery store Tuesday night, and police are seeking any potential witnesses to help identify the suspect.

Grass Valley police officers were dispatched to the Safeway on the 800 block of Sutton Way at about 6:45 p.m. for an attempted robbery report, said Lt. Alex Gammelgard.

The victim, who was not identified, told officers he was at the bus stop adjacent to the store when a man approached him and demanded he turn over his wallet.

When the victim tried to flee, the man "lunged" at him with a folding knife, stabbing him in the shoulder area, Gammelgard said. The victim later was treated at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

The suspect had left the area when officers arrived and could not be located, despite an extensive area check.

"He has not yet been identified," Gammelgard said. "He appeared to be alone."

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The stabbing suspect was described as an older man, possibly in his 50s, about 5-foot-7, with a gray beard and an unkempt appearance. He was last seen wearing ripped blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

According to Gammelgard, the victim said he believed he had seen the man panhandling in the area in the past. Anyone who might have witnessed the incident or have information about the suspect was urged to call the police department at 477-4600.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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