T-Mobile employee Darnell Schoolfield 'stabs customer after he complained his bill was too high'
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Police say a T-Mobile customer was critically stabbed by a store employee after complaining his cell phone bill was too high in a horrific attack caught on camera.
Carrying an employee name tag of 21-year-old Darnell Schoolfield to police in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, his alleged victim said it belonged to the man who attacked him before it was ripped it from his shirt.
'Apparently he was double-billed. During the course of the verbal exchange it becomes heated,' Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told WPVI of the motive behind the afternoon attack.
'The next thing you know it becomes physical,' he said.
Store surveillance capturing the incident shows the 59-year-old victim heading outside the store when the employee is clearly seen sticking something into his side.
'As the victim is going out of the store after the altercation, you can see store clerk stab him in the side,' said Mr Chitwood of the footage.
Police said the victim didn't realize he had been stabbed until driving himself to a police station and noticing the open wound.
'He looks down and sees blood pouring out of his side and said, "Oh my God, I'm stabbed,' said Mr Chitwood.
Sliced: In the last moments of their in-store fight that poured onto the sidewalk surveillance video captured the customer stabbed with something in the employee's hand
Condition: The injury to the 59-year-old man with a currently unknown object rushed him to a hospital in critical condition before upgraded to serious
During the course of their brawl which started out as a conversation before pouring out onto the street, the customer said he managed to rip Schoolfield's tag off his shirt.
The victim was transferred to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he underwent surgery for his wound, first reported in critical condition and later upgraded to serious.
Schoolfrield fled the scene and remains at large according to police.
Attempt to kill: Schoolfield, who was identified after the customer at this store ripped his name tag off his shirt, could face attempted homicide and aggravated assault
He faces attempted homicide and aggravated assault.
A T-Mobile spokesman responding to the attack said they were 'shocked and saddened' by the incident, adding:
'[We] are working with local law enforcement to assist in their investigation so we cannot disclose further details about the incident at this time. Our thoughts are with our customer and his family,' Philly.com reports.