EVERETT — Multiple knife wounds to the neck killed a mini mart clerk in a robbery this week on Broadway in Everett, according to authorities.
Jae An was behind the counter when an occasional customer walked into his neighborhood store around 10 p.m. Monday at Broadway and Columbia.
Michealob Johnson, 25, later reported to police he’d said hello to An and then stabbed him. He reportedly said he’d decided to rob the mini mart because he was jobless and behind on rent.
He also attacked a woman who walked into the store as he robbed it, but she wrestled the knife away and broke it apart, according to Everett police reports. Johnson fled, told a roommate what had happened and waited to be arrested.
The autopsy showed An was stabbed more than once, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.
He was 58.
A judge set bail for the suspect at $5 million.
Customers and neighbors left flowers and heartfelt notes for An’s family on poster boards outside the business.
A candlelight vigil was scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at 6901 Broadway.