Seattle man accused of stabbing store clerk when told to hide

Prosecutors charged an 18-year-old man with second degree assault on Monday, accusing him of stabbing a convenience store clerk last week after the clerk asked him to leave because he was not wearing a mask .

Seattle Police Arrested Edil Pineda-Mencia in his Northgate apartment on Wednesday afternoon as he left, according to probable cause documents.

Pineda-Mencia, who told police he was intoxicated, entered gas station 76 on the 2100 block of North Northgate Way on Monday evening with another man, documents show. The clerk asked Pineda-Mencia and the other man to leave because they were not wearing COVID-19 masks, according to the charges.

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CCTV broadcasts Pineda-Mencia stepping out and banging the glass door from the outside, according to charges. The clerk then walks out of the business and stands at the door, arguing with Pineda-Mencia over his behavior, documents show. Pineda-Mencia then walked up to the clerk holding a knife behind his leg and stabbed the clerk in the abdomen and chest, according to documents.

Surveillance video from the store shows the clerk did not pose a physical threat to Pineda-Mencia, according to the documents. The clerk was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he was hospitalized in stable condition.

Investigators obtained still photos from the video, which led to police identifying the suspect following previous contact, the documents said.

The state has requested that Pineda’s bond be set at $ 150,000. He is due to be brought to justice on December 6.

We didn’t know if he had a lawyer.