Man charged in Lexington grocery store attack

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Police are investigating after an attack inside a Lexington grocery store that they say is a random act of violence. A man has been charged in connection to that attack at Kroger off Nicholasville Road.

Police say Corey Lane Cummins, 44, was arrested not even two hours after they say he attacked a woman inside the store while she was shopping. Police tell us Cummins came up behind the woman and tried to cut her throat with a knife and wound up cutting her collarbone, leaving a two inch cut.

"It's very, very baffling why something like this would happen," said Sgt. Scott May, with the Lexington Division of Police.

Cummins is charged with 1st degree assault and is booked in the Lexington-Fayette County Detention Center.

Fire officials reported noticing a man drawing attention to himself when they got on scene, and that man was Cummins, who was then taken into custody and questioned.

The woman was rushed to UK Hospital, and police believe her injury is non-life threatening. As of 9:30 p.m., police say the woman was in serious condition but stable. As for what led to this violent incident, police are still investigating that, reviewing surveillance video. But for now, they say it is a random crime with no motive.

"Wow. That's very shocking because I shop here all the time," said Kathy Ward, who lives in Lexington and shops at that Kroger.

"I'm saddened that it happened at all, and I don't understand why somebody would do that," said John Deans, who also frequently shops at that Kroger. "Obviously I don't think she was walking around with thousand dollar bills in her pocket."

Kroger has released this statement, saying:

“One customer was hospitalized as a result of what appears to be a random stabbing at our Nicholasville Road store in Lexington earlier this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and their family. No Kroger associates were injured or involved. While we believe this was an isolated situation, customer safety is our highest priority and we’ll take the necessary steps to maintain a safe environment in our facilities. We are working closely with the Lexington police department and providing information to assist with their investigation. Requests for any further details about the incident, the victim or the suspect should be directed to the Lexington police department.”

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