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Man stabs GNC employee multiple times during altercation at Westfield UTC mall

A customer stabbed an employee of a supplemental nutrition store during an altercation over a product return Friday evening at Westfield UTC mall in University City, San Diego police said.

The attacker stabbed the victim multiple times in the back during the incident, which police are investigating as a robbery, Officer Robert Heims said in a news release. Paramedics took the victim to a hospital, but his condition was not immediately known.

It happened about 5:50 p.m. just outside the GNC store at the mall on La Jolla Village Drive, Heims said. The customer and employee were arguing inside the store over a return when the customer picked up the item and left.

The employee followed him outside and stopped him, at which time the customer dropped the item and stabbed the employee, Heims said. The man then picked up the product he’d taken and fled, and was last seen heading east toward Town Centre Drive.

Police provided only a vague description of the alleged robber, who was not in custody Friday night. Anyone with information about his identity or the incident was asked to call the San Diego Police Department robbery unit at (619) 531-2299 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

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