Police: Louisville Kroger guard charged with stabbing customer

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John C. Griggs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Police in Kentucky have charged a Kroger security guard with stabbing a customer in the back during an argument over the grocery store’s Coinstar machine.

News outlets report Louisville Metro police documents say 63-year-old John C. Griggs stopped a customer Tuesday night and told him he couldn’t use the machine because the store was closing.

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Investigators say the victim told Griggs it “would only take a minute,” and argued that other customers were still inside.

Security video shows the argument escalated as Griggs grabbed the man’s neck, took out a pocket knife and stabbed him. He’s charged with second-degree assault.

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