Shoplifter Hatchet Attack Ear

December 14, 2011 by staff 

Shoplifter Hatchet Attack Ear, Longview police have identified the suspect in a hatchet attack Monday at Fred Meyer and are asking the public for help in finding him.

Police said Adrian Jess Kramer, 31, Longview, is wanted on suspicion of first-degree assault and third-degree theft. He has previous convictions for possession of a dangerous weapon, meth possession, shoplifting, burglary and assault.

He remained at large Tuesday.

Detective Sgt. John Reeves said the investigation shows that Kramer is the man who swung a small ax or hatchet at a store security employee who attempted to stop him shortly after noon Monday as Kramer left the store without paying for a cart full of CDs, a tire chain and other items. The hatchet struck the employee and severed his left ear.

Kramer left the scene in a Honda Accord. Police recovered the unoccupied vehicle on Memorial Park Drive off 38th Avenue. Reeves said officers went to a possible location for Kramer but he fled before police arrived.

The victim, 33, was transported to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, where he underwent surgery to have the ear reattached. He was discharged from the hospital Monday night.

Fred Meyer spokeswoman Melinda Merrill said Tuesday the victim “just wants to recover” right now and isn’t willing to be interviewed. His fellow employees are supporting him, and the store has counseling available, she said.

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