A Fayette judge appointed a public defender Monday for a man who confessed to slashing a Kroger employee while he stole a shopping cart of beer, according to court records.
Michael A. Buckner, 39, of Paris is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with evidence. He admitted to burying the knife used in the attack, according to court records.
Buckner was in Fayette District Court for a hearing before Judge T. Bruce Bell, who kept Buckner's bond at $20,750. Bell said Buckner was a danger to others.
About 1:45 a.m. Saturday, a female store employee at the Kroger at 1650 Bryan Station Road was trying to stop Buckner from leaving with a cart of beer when he pulled out a knife and cut her face, police said. The employee was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for treatment, police said.
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The cut left her with "prolonged disfigurement," the criminal complaint against Buckner said.
When police arrested Buckner on Sunday at a house on Checkerberry Drive in Lexington, he also was wanted on a bench warrant for failing to appear in Fayette District Court in a 2014 misdemeanor theft case, according to arrest and court documents.
Buckner is scheduled to return to court May 18.