A man punched an employee at a convenience store in Houston, Texas, and then stole a bag of cupcakes on Nov. 19, ABC 13 reported.
The man pulled out a knife and punched employee Alejandra Almaguer behind the counter at the store located at the 6000 block of Almeda Road around 7:30 a.m., according to surveillance footage, ABC 13 reported.
NEW AT 10: A woman nearly stabbed and beaten on her FIRST day at work at a Houston gas station on Almeda road. She opens only to @abc13houston about the terrifying encounter. @houstonpolice need your help finding the man that did this to her.
— Daniela Hurtado (@ABC13Daniela) December 2, 2022
“He tried to go for the neck,” Almaguer told ABC 13. “Since I was holding on to his arm, he didn’t get to stab me. So I was holding on to his arm, and he starts punching me.” (RELATED: New Hampshire Man Arrested And Charged In Martha’s Vineyard Bank Robbery)
The Houston Police Department said that a customer then walked into the store, told the man to stop, and called the police. The man stopped, stole a bag of cupcakes, and left the store, ABC 13 reported.
In the ambulance, Almaguer said she came to the realization that she could’ve died. “Something could’ve happened to me,” she told ABC 13. Almaguer quit her job after the incident.
Homicide, rape, assault, and robbery, typically defined as “violent crime,” have been rising since 2020, Fox News reported. Baltimore, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and New York City have been leading the violent crime surges.