Tucson's Most Wanted: Convenience store stabbing - Tucson News Now

Tucson's Most Wanted: Convenience store stabbing

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson Police continue to seek information in the stabbing death of an east-side convenience store clerk.

22-year-old Erick Bridges was critically wounded Friday morning when somebody attacked him at an AM/PM  store on East Tanque Verde.  He died the next day.

Thanks to surveillance video from the store, investigators do have some idea who they're looking for.

He's a white or Hispanic male in his early 20s. He's 5-8 with a very thin build. But unfortunately, due to what he was wearing, we never get a very good look at his face.

That's because of the gray-colored hoodie zipped up pretty tightly around the suspect's face.

"He didn't ask for anything,." says Tucson Police Sgt. Chris Widmer.  "He didn't demand anything; he didn't take anything."

Instead, he went directly for the clerk.

"This individual walked into the store, immediately confronted the clerk, stabbed him and ran out of the store," Widmer says.  "It was seconds."

And just like that he was gone, as Erick Bridges lay mortally wounded on the floor.

A customer would eventually find Bridges and call the police.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, he was rushed to the hospital, but would die from his injuries the next day.

Which brings us to today.

Why would somebody target this young man when robbery didn't appear to be the motive?

Did he have any enemies friends or family might have known of?

Is there any chance this was truly a random killing?

We're told investigators do have some promising leads.

We're also told they're still seeking vital information that could lead to a break in the case.

"With that comes time. We have to piece a lot of things together," Widmer says.  "If someone from the public can come forward with that information that can break this open and speed this up ... that's that much sooner we can get this person off our streets."

If you have any such information, you're encouraged to call 911 or 88-CRIME, the Pima County Attorney's anonymous tip line.

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