LONGVIEW, Wash. -- An employee was attacked and had his left ear severed Monday by a man wielding a hatchet at the Longview Fred Meyer on Ocean Beach Highway, authorities said.
Longview police identified the suspect Tuesday as Adrian Jess Kramer, 31, who faces accusations of first-degree assault and burglary and third-degree theft. Kramer, pictured above, should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information should call 9-1-1 or Detective Steve Dennis at 360-442-5827
David Morrison, 33, was trying to contact a shoplifting suspect when he was attacked, according to Sgt. John Reeves with the Longview Police Department.
Police said the assault happened after the man left the store, outside the entrance to the garden center. They said the man had several items in a cart he had taken from the store.
Firefighters took Morrison, who is the Director of Security for the store, to St. John's Medical Center. He was later transported to Oregon Health and Science University to have his ear surgically reattached. He was released Tuesday.
"It’s crazy that anything can be that important to cut off an employee’s ear. Whether you were shoplifting or whether you weren’t," said Fred Meyer customer Kyle Powers.
Longview Police have also impounded a vehicle they believe belonged to the suspect as they continue to investigate.