Beaumont man indicted in 'unprovoked' attack on Kroger employees

Anthony Stoker

Seven months after two employees at the Kroger grocery store on Phelan Boulevard were assaulted in what police described as "unprovoked" attacks, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted 41-year-old Anthony Stoker for second degree assault.

Stoker is accused of attacking one employee with a box cutter and another with a wine bottle on March 6, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A Beaumont police officer was dispatched to the Kroger at 3845 Phelan that day shortly after 3 p.m. after reports of a fight in progress inside the store and the attacker running away.

Witnesses told police a man attacked 20-year-old male employee with a box cutter and hit a 33-year-old male employee in the head with a glass bottle of wine, the affidavit states.

Both employees told officers at the scene they wished to file charges.

Officers said they found Stoker hiding at 4030 Bayou Road, about half a mile away from the store.

He was indicted Wednesday for second degree aggravated assault, which carries up to 20 years in prison. If convicted, Stoker's penalties could be enhanced due to his criminal history.

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