May 18, 2013 2:31 AM by Nathan O'Neal

Convenience clerk stabbing brings up painful memories for Tucson man

TUCSON - The stabbing of an east side convenience store clerk early Friday morning brings up painful memories for a Tucson man who lost his brother about three years ago in a very similar situation.

The attack happened at the AM-PM on Tanque Verde Road east of Sabino Canyon Road. The victim is fighting for his life as law enforcement is currently searching for the suspect.

He is described a thin man in his 20s, 5'8", wearing a grey "hoodie" and jeans. Police ask if you have any information to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.

Meanwhile, Jayanti Patel owns the Catalina Mart in midtown and he's reminded of his brother's killing which happened in 2010 at the very convenience store he still works at.

"It's very bad for the convenience store," Patel said, as he looked at the photo of his brother hanging on a wall nearby.

"He lost his life for $60... the register, that's it," Patel said.

For the Catalina Mart clerk Thomas Anderson, Friday's stabbing is an unsettling reminder of the dangers that he could face.

"It bothers me a little bit but I still have to come every day and do my job. [It] makes me more aware of my surroundings...keep a more watchful eye," Anderson told News 4 Tucson.

That's something that both Anderson and Patel are committed to, as security is always a concern.

"Police check in all the time in this neighborhood. All the time," Patel said.

Anderson said it's more about monitoring their clientele.

"It's mostly neighborhood people around here so we know everybody around here. It's very rare that we get a new customer here and there -- that's what we really watch out for here," Anderson said.


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