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.
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.