A Rancho Cucamonga store clerk was in stable condition after being stabbed during an apparent robbery Sunday morning, police said.
Deputies responded to the 9400 block of Baseline Road (map) around 5:30 a.m. after receiving a report that a man had been stabbed, according to the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department.
When they arrived at the scene, deputies discovered 45-year-old Tansel Kucukseyhan in the parking lot “suffering from major stab wounds,” a news release from the department stated.
Kucukseyhan told police he had been stabbed during a robbery. He was taken to a local hospital and is being treated in the intensive care unit, according to the release.
Customers at the store Sunday evening said the clerk was well-liked by local residents.
Kucukseyhan “is a really nice guy. He hasn’t been in this country that long,” said Monique Dobalina. “He always wants to talk about everything. He’s just funny, too, and he’s helpful.”
She expressed surprise “that anybody would do anything harmful to Tansel, because I think he pretty much knows everybody that frequents the store.”
Police were searching for two people in connection with the incident.
The first one was described by police as a Hispanic male adult in his 20s, standing about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a thin build, and wearing a black hat, black jacket, blue jeans and black shoes, according to the release.
The second person was described in the release as a Hispanic male adult in his 20s, who is about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black hat, white tank top, black pants and had a green backpack.
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to contact the Rancho Cucamonga police at 909-477-2800, or leave an anonymous tip by calling the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-782-7463.
KTLA’s John A. Moreno contributed to this report.