LOS ANGELES -- (KTLA) -- The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department released surveillance video Wednesday in hopes of helping find a suspect wanted for the brutal attack on a convenience store worker earlier this month.
Darlecia D'Andrade, 53 and a mother of 6, was at work on June 16 when a man entered the store of the gas station just before 6 a.m. to make a purchase and asked her if he could use the restroom, the Sheriff's Department said in a statement. A few seconds after entering the restroom, he exited and asked the clerk to fix the toilet. When D'Andrade went into the restroom, the man followed her and suddenly began to attack her.
The woman was punched and slashed across her face and abdomen with an unknown object, officials said.
D'Andrade told KTLA that she did not realize she was being slashed.
“I started saying ‘why, why, why are you hitting me?’” she said. “Blood was just gushing like crazy, and I was just so in shock.”
In the video the man can be seen running out of the store a few seconds after following the woman into the restroom.
“The blood was all over the store," D'Andrade said. She managed to call her daughter and authorities.
She was taken to a hospital where she was treated and released.