A 37-year-old man is in custody after admitting to stabbing a Fry’s grocery store employee because he felt “disrespected,” authorities said.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were sent to the Fry’s at 435 S. Ellsworth Road in Mesa just after 4 a.m. Nov. 23 to check on an employee who had been stabbed, according to a MCSO release.
They found the victim inside the store with “multiple obvious bleeding wounds,” the release stated. He was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Patrol deputies viewed store surveillance video and spoke with the victim, allowing them to identify the suspect, Henry McLeod, 37, a contract employee of the store.
The suspect fled the scene prior to deputies’ arrival.
MCSO detectives found McLeod and took him into custody. McLeod “admitted to stabbing the victim after feeling ‘disrespected’,” the release stated.
He was booked into jail on three counts of aggravated assault and remains in custody, MCSO officials said Wednesday, Nov. 30.