Police said the owner of a Lakewood convenience store who was loved by her customers was dead after being stabbed “several times” during a robbery Monday night, Oct. 14.
The robbery happened about 10 p.m. Monday at the McChord Mart on Solberg Drive Southwest, in Washington, according to Lakewood police. When officers arrived, they found a woman unconscious on the floor bleeding from multiple stab wounds, according to Q13 FOX.
The victim was taken to Madigan Army Hospital but did not survive. She’s since been identified as 59-year-old In Choe, the store’s owner, police said.
Video surveillance shows Choe, affectionately known as “Mama San,” was stabbed multiple times during a robbery. The robber then ran off north on Bridgeport Way SW.
The victim’s son Elijah Choe said he typically stays and closes the store himself around 10:30 each night, but last night his mother had told him to pick up their dinner. That’s why she was alone when the “monster” came into the store, he said.
“She’s the typical Asian lady that’s always cheerful, everybody that comes to our business they all love her,” he said. “They all call her Mama—mama-san. Everybody loves her.”
The suspect appears to be an African-American man in his 20s or 30s wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans, white shoes and a dark hat under a hooded sweatshirt. The sweatshirt he was wearing had a distinct “Disobey” brand logo on the back.
If you know who this suspect is or have any information, call 911.