Suspect in Longview hatchet attack arrested

Surgeons unable to reattach Fred Meyer security guard’s ear

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: December 14, 2011, 9:20 PM

 
photoAdrian Jess Kramer was arrested Wednesday after an anonymous tip to police.

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After a foot chase, Longview police arrested a man who allegedly used a hatchet to slice off most of a Fred Meyer employee’s ear after being accused of shoplifting.

Adrian Jess Kramer, 31, was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and third-degree theft, according to bulletins from the Longview Police Department.

Police said the employee’s ear was severed shortly after noon Monday in the store at 3184 N.E. Ocean Beach Highway in Longview.

Kramer escaped after the assault, the bulletin said.

An anonymous source told police on Wednesday that Kramer was hiding in a home in South Kelso.

Longview police detectives watched the home and took positions around it in case Kramer ran.

Kelso patrol officers also responded.

Kramer did run and was captured in the 1100 block of Elm Street, the bulletin said. He was not armed and no one was reported injured.

The employee was taken to OHSU Hospital in Portland to have his ear reattached.

Wednesday evening, a Longview police spokesman did not return a call seeking information on whether the surgery was successful.

However, a story in The Daily News of Longview said the victim is David Morrison and his brother is Steven Morrison.

Here is part of the report from the Longview newspaper:

David Morrison, 33, of Longview has worked for Fred Meyer since 2006 and has managed security at the Longview store since 2010. He is married and has four children.

Steven Morrison said surgeons at Oregon Health & Science University worked on the ear for three or four hours, but it could not be reattached because they couldn’t properly reconnect tiny blood vessels and other tissues.

“He has to go back in five days to be re-evaluated, then has to go back in two weeks to get his first plastic surgery consult,” Steven Morrison said. “They might have to do a whole prosthetic.”

He said doctors told his brother he might be off work at least a month, but his brother wants to go back as soon as possible, Steven Morrison said.

“His concern is for his family, making sure they’re fed, and his other concern is for his co-workers, making sure they’re not having to work extra covering for him,” Steven Morrison said. “It’s a tough situation for him emotionally and physically. He just wanted to do his job.”

The story is on the newspaper’s website, http://www.tdn.com.