After being called crazy by his boss at Walmart, detectives say a Sarasota man with a history of suicidal tendencies went to Publix angry and upset and intentionally stabbed an employee who was stocking the shelves, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
Corey Dale Scogin, 29, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for the stabbing of a 57-year-old Publix employee. He is being held at the Sarasota County jail without bond.
Scogin has previously attempted suicide, he told detectives when he was questioned at Sarasota Memorial Hospital while he was being treated for self-inflicted wounds.
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At 10:10 a.m. Thursday, detectives say that Scogin walked into the Publix at 3690 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota, according his arrest report. Scogin told detectives he was “furious” because an incident that happened at his job at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Bee Ridge Road and Beneva Road on Wednesday during which his boss called him crazy, making him “extremely upset and angry.”
The victim had been stocking shelves in aisle number five and Scogin walked up behind him, pulled out a buck knife from his pocket and stabbed her in the neck, according to the report. The store clerk turned around to see Scogin and began to yell to her coworkers for help and touched the back of her neck realizing she was bleeding.
Scogin began to stab himself in the collarbone before another employee interfered and he ran out the emergency exit, then stabbing himself in the torso and wrists, according to the sheriff’s office Deputies found Scogin in the nearby Beneva Ridge Apartments and found the knife on the tennis courts.