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Pictured: Boy, 14, accused of stabbing a cigarette store worker

Boy, 14, is accused of stabbing a cigarette store worker – leaving a knife embedded in her forehead just millimeters from her brain and eye

  • A boy, 14, allegedly stabbed an employee in the face during an armed robbery
  • Police allege the teen entered the tobacconist in Parramatta in Sydney’s west 
  • He allegedly demanded 25-year-old employee Rachel Phan hand over cash
  • He was found at a home in western Sydney at 1am where he was arrested  

A cigarette store employee underwent extensive surgery after a 14-year-old boy allegedly stabbed her in the face during an armed robbery. 

Police allege the teenager entered the Cignall Specialist Tobacconist in Parramatta in Sydney’s west at 7:40pm on Monday night armed with a knife.

He is alleged to have demanded 25-year-old employee Rachel Phan hand over cash, but instead she lunged for a chair to try to fight him off.

Ms Phan suffered a stab wound only millimeters from her eye socket and brain, with the knife left lodged in her bone. 

He is believed to have demanded 25-year-old employee Rachel Phan (pictured) hand over cash in the store, but instead she lunged for a chair to try to subdue him

Her boss, Kelvin Wu, told 9News the university student and part time worker was ‘too brave’ during the attack.

Mr Wu said the teenager threw the knife at his employee after she tried to defend herself, and that nearby witnesses called an ambulance.

‘The knife did not touch her brain and eyes. It only stopped on the bone,’ he said.

When asked about the teenager’s possible motives, Mr Wu blamed boredom. 

‘My own opinion it’s very bad because at the moment they don’t know how to find something fun or something like that and have to find the electronic cigarette,’ he said.

A cigarette store employee and university student underwent extensive surgery after a 14-year-old boy allegedly stabbed her in the face during an armed robbery

A cigarette store employee and university student underwent extensive surgery after a 14-year-old boy allegedly stabbed her in the face during an armed robbery

Kelvin Wu said the teenager threw the knife at his employee after she tried to defend herself, and that witnesses called an ambulance

Kelvin Wu said the teenager threw the knife at his employee after she tried to defend herself, and that witnesses called an ambulance

Ms Phan was treated at the scene for the stab wound to her head and taken to Westmead Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery to remove the weapon.

She remains in a stable condition. 

NSW Ambulance Acting Inspector Joe Ibrahim said ‘the knife was still in her eye socket when the paramedics got there… she was extremely lucky to have not lost her vision. A centimeter either way and she could’ve lost her eye.’ 

Police allege the boy fled the scene with E-cigarettes after the incident with a man who was waiting out the front.

They eventually traced him back to a home in The Ponds, in western Sydney, at about 1am.

He was taken to Riverstone Police Station where he was charged with armed robbery resulting in wounding.

The teen didn’t apply for bail. 

Ms Phan suffered a stab wound only millimeters from her eye socket, with the knife left lodged in her bone

Ms Phan suffered a stab wound only millimeters from her eye socket, with the knife left lodged in her bone

Police allege the teen entered the tobacconist in Parramatta in Sydney's west at about 7pm on Monday night armed with a knife

Police allege the teen entered the tobacconist in Parramatta in Sydney’s west at about 7pm on Monday night armed with a knife



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