BOSTON (CBS) – A worker at the Trader Joe’s on Boylston Street in Boston stabbed a customer in the abdomen during a confrontation at closing time Thursday night, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The suspect, identified as 49-year-old Michael Guess of Dorchester, who also goes by the name Richard Thomas, stabbed the victim – a 30-year-old Cambridge man – in the midsection during a confrontation, police said.

According to the D.A., Guess reportedly told officers that the victim went into the store at closing time and the two exchanged words.

A few minutes later the victim was leaving, the two men exchanged words a second time. That’s when the stabbing took place.

“I gave him a poke,” Guess allegedly said to detectives.

The victim was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with life threatening injuries. Police have not identified him or given any updates on his condition.

Police found Guess sweeping up inside the market shortly after the stabbing, where he was arrested.
Guess was charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

Guess had a default warrant connected to a Woburn shoplifting case and a Brockton case charging assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

He’s being held on $250,000 cash bail.


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