MPs: Ionia area store worker attacked by sword thief

* Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the attack occurred at Even More Purks in Ionia. It actually happened at the More Purks just down the street in Easton Township. We regret the error, which has been corrected.

EASTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – An employee of an Ionia-area convenience store was attacked by a man with a sword on Sunday morning, authorities said, stabbed and cut to his head and neck .

This happened around 11:40 a.m. at the More Purks on the Bluewater Highway between Haynor Road and State Street in Easton Township.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office said the assailant, dressed in black and wearing a katana, walked into the store and began using a rope to try to close the front doors of the outside. When the clerk opened the door to find out what was going on, the assailant stabbed him.

The employee tried to run away and returned to the store. MPs say the attacker continued to attack him, “slicing and severing the head and neck of the clerk,” a statement read.

The perpetrator then seized cigarettes and money from the register and fled.

The clerk, a 56-year-old Lyonnais, suffered serious head and neck injuries. He was rushed to a hospital in Grand Rapids, where he was later listed in serious but stable condition.

MPs, along with Ionia Police and Michigan State Police, quickly located a suspect in a field on Haynor Road, north of Ionia. There was a brief standoff, authorities said, but the man eventually surrendered without incident.

He was treated in a hospital in Ionia and then jailed for armed robbery and assault. Additional fees may be added after the county attorney has reviewed the case.

The suspect’s name won’t be released until after his arraignment, which could happen as early as Monday, but authorities said he was a 36-year-old man from Ionia.

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