Police ID Longview shoplift suspect with hatchet

  • Tue Dec 13th, 2011 5:39pm
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Associated Press

LONGVIEW — Police have identified a shoplifting suspect accused of hacking an ear off a security guard at a Fred Meyer store in Longview.

Police say 31-year-old Adrian Jess Kramer of Longview has previous convictions for possession of a dangerous weapon, meth possession, shoplifting, burglary and assault. He is wanted for investigation of first-degree assault and third-degree theft in Monday’s confrontation outside the garden entrance to the store.

Security guards suspected him of taking CDs, bike chains and other small items. Police say he pulled a small hatchet out of his waistband, severed the guard’s left ear and escaped.

The Daily News reported that the 33-year-old victim had surgery to reattach the ear at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and was discharged Monday night.