Clovis recycling center employee stabbed after tackling thief

April 05 2021 05:30 pm

A Clovis robbery ended in a stabbing when an employee tackled the suspect. 

Surveillance video showed the scene at Clovis Recycling Center Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. The worker fought a man to the ground after he grabbed cash from the register. 

“We’ve been doing this for 30 years, never had any issues, been doing it the same way, no different for 30 years never had it been close to anything like this. So it’s a little disheartening,” Tyce Ferguson president of Clovis Recycling Center said Wednesday. 

Ferguson said the alleged thief, along with two others were in the business the day before.

“They didn’t get as much, so they though we ripped them off, but my guys, in talking with my people said it was a lot of non CRV that we pulled out,” Ferguson said.

Police said the employee was stabbed in the upper body and leg. The search is on for the suspect, described as a black male in his 20’s. They’re also looking to connect the two others to the crime.

“Detectives are investigating trying to identify everyone that’s involved taking statements looking at video and trying to put everything together,” Sgt. Jim Munro of the Clovis Police Department said. 

Ferguson said his employee is going to be OK. He described him as a hard working college grad, who’s been there about six months. 

Ferguson’s also looking at updating payment methods first thing next week, so employees won’t be handling cash. 

“They would get a ticket like you would at an ATM machine like you would, they’d be able to scan it and the money would kick out,” Ferguson

Anyone with information is asked to call Clovis PD. 

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