Police: Convenience store employee stabs and kills armed robber in Oxnard

An employee of an Oxnard convenience store stabbed and killed an armed robbery suspect early Thursday morning.

At around 1:55 a.m., a man entered the Circle K convenience store in the 400 block of South Victoria Avenue armed with a gun and demanded money from the store clerk, according to the Oxnard Police Department. .

According to police, the employee cooperated and gave the man an undisclosed sum of money.

Later, the armed robber led the employee out of the store and away from the business. It was then that the employee pushed the thief away, pulled out a knife and stabbed him in what police called an “apparent effort to defend themselves”.

The clerk was able to evade the thief and return to the convenience store to call 911. The suspect then fled the scene, police said.

As police arrived at the scene of the robbery, a call was sent to emergency dispatch reporting that a man had been found in the 3500 block of Pier Walk suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Police located the man and determined that he matched the description of the armed robbery suspect. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but died of his injuries a few hours later.

He was only identified as a 30-year-old man. Police say his handgun was recovered and is a replica.

The robbery and stabbing are being investigated by Oxnard Police. Detectives believe the two incidents are related and there are no other suspects.

Authorities say the store employee is cooperating with the investigation and anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Oxnard Police Department at 805-385-7600.