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Suspect stabbed accused of robbing Ionia employee, store manager describes bizarre experience

Store management tells 13 BY YOUR SIDE that the suspect was considered a regular at the store.

IONIA COUNTY, Mich. — A suspect has been charged after police say he used a sword during an armed robbery and stabbed an Ionia County employee on Halloween.

Police suspect Jonathan Wroten, 36, entered More Purks in the 700 block of W. Lincoln Avenue in Ionia on Sunday and demanded cash and cigarettes.

We are told that Wroten was dressed in black and carrying a katana sword when he entered the store and attempted to use a rope to tie the door shut from the outside.

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The suspect was a regular at the store, according to manager Jessica Bowen, who told 13 On Your Side she initially thought she had ended up in the middle of a Halloween prank.

Wroten was confronted by Bowen and another store employee, who opened the door to ask what was going on, according to a press release on Sunday.

Police say the employee attempted to flee into the store and the suspect followed him and continued to lacerate and chop the employee’s head and neck, causing him serious injuries.

Bowen and his daughter, meanwhile, were still in the parking lot as the confrontation unfolded.

“I told him to lock the doors and stay down,” Bowen said. “When I got to him he swung his sword and just then Teddy realized I was outside screaming… he took his sword and shoved it through him. “

Bowen told 13 On Your Side Wroten that he was generally mild-mannered and never suspected him of being capable of such an act.

“He didn’t even look like himself. He didn’t look like he was there,” she said. “After he grabbed his bag to leave, he said you were having a good day. That was really weird.”

We are told that the store clerk was injured in the neck, shoulder and head.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office says he was released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

In court Monday, Wroten was arraigned on the following counts: assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery and multiple counts of resisting arrest.

He did not get bail.

Online records show Wroten recently served a year in prison for possession of marijuana and cocaine and was released in 2017.

Wroten also served five years in prison for first-degree criminal sexual behavior for a person under the age of 13 in Kent County.

The Michigan Department of Corrections also shows Wroten served probation for possession of methamphetamine and cocaine.

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