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An 85-year-old man was fatally stabbed at Michigan supermarket. A customer held the suspect at gunpoint until cops got there.

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September 18, 2020

Police say a suspect who fatally stabbed an 85-year-old man in a Michigan supermarket was unable to flee because a person held the attacker at gunpoint.

The stabbing happened Wednesday at a Meijer store in Adrian, according to a release from Adrian Police.

Officers were first dispatched to the scene at 12:30 p.m. with information about a man with a knife in the automotive section at the back of the store, said Adrian Police Chief Vincent Emrick at the scene.

Emrick said a woman with a concealed pistol license witnessed the stabbing. She drew her pistol on the suspect and ordered him to the ground. The woman held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

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That woman was a customer at the store, according to the Detroit News and mlive.com

Upon arrival, officers found the victim between the automotive and sporting goods section. The man, who had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were able to take the suspect, 29-year-old Alarick Guajardo, into custody without incident. He faces murder and weapons charges and will be arraigned Friday in Lenawee County District Court, according to an Adrian Police Department news release issued Thursday.

Guajardo is accused of killing Glen Meyers and carrying a concealed knife, according to the arrest warrant issued by the the Lenawee County Prosecutor’s Office.

Emrick previously said there were no other victims and that store employees were cooperating with authorities.

“This is an unthinkable incident, and we’re all adapting as best we can and they’ve been very cooperative. We had cordoned off the area, we’re keeping people out of the general merchandise side where it occurred, keeping them over on the grocery end for now until we can get the scene processed,” Emrick said.

Meijer did not respond to requests for comment from the USA TODAY Network.

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