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James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 29-year-old Adrian man jailed for murder in the fatal stabbing of an 85-year-old man at a Meijer store in the city faces three felony charges, officials said Thursday.

Alarik Guajardo was booked Wednesday on an "open charge of homicide," said Sgt. Nathan Adams, who works in booking at the Lenawee County Jail, early Thursday.

Lenawee County Prosecutor Burke Castleberry told The News Thursday afternoon he has issued three felony charges: open murder, carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a weapon with unlawful intent.

Lenawee District Court, which handles arraignments, said he would likely be arraigned Friday.

Alarik Guajardo

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Officers were called to the store at 217 U.S.-223 at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a stabbing in progress, Adrian Police Department said.

The victim was stabbed multiple times. He died at the scene. The Lenawee County Medical Examiner said Thursday it "could not comment" on the victim's name or cause and manner of death.

Police arrested the 29-year-old man at the scene after a customer with a concealed carry license held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Adrian Police Department referred to the statement from Wednesday and declined further comment Thursday.

While Facebook discussion boards offered many rumors as to what sparked the fatal stabbing, Castleberry denied one of the most popular: that it started with a confrontation about a mask.

"This has nothing to do with a mask, to my knowledge, at this point," Castleberry said. "I don't think a mask played a part at all."

He declined to characterize what sparked the confrontation.

"That's the part I can't say yet," he said.

But he said that the nature of the incident — "a public confrontation that turns fatal" — was unlike anything he could remember as prosecutor.

"We've had our homicides. We have a few a year. But this is out of the ordinary," Castleberry said.

In May 2013, Guajardo took a guilty plea that reduced a charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, involving force or coercion, down to aggravated assault, according to Lenawee County court records.

Guajardo was given two years of probation. During this time, he was made to do two weeks of hard labor, prohibited from using drugs or drinking, and required to help repay his parents the cost of the defense attorney they hired.