Lexington police announced Sunday the arrest of Michael A. Buckner, 39, in the slashing of a Kroger employee during a shoplifting theft.
Buckner is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with evidence. He remained in the Fayette County jail Sunday afternoon in lieu of $20,750 bond.
Early Saturday, police were called to the Kroger at 1650 Bryan Station Road in response to a knife attack on a female store employee. The employee tried to stop a shoplifter from leaving with a cartload of beer when the thief pulled out a knife and seriously cut her face, police said. The employee was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for treatment, police said.
According to court records, Buckner has a history of arrests and time served in jail on charges related to drugs, theft, failure to pay child support and probation violations going back to at least 2006. When police arrested him on suspicion of the Kroger attack, Buckner was wanted on a bench warrant for failing to appear in Fayette District Court in a 2014 misdemeanor theft case.