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Kroger Pipe-Beating Suspect to Undergo Mental Exam

Angel Viar, 48, of Westland will undergo mental exam after attack on employee at Plymouth Township Kroger store.

A Westland woman facing an attempted murder charge in the Oct. 4 attack on an employee at the Plymouth Township Kroger store will undergo a psychological exam, according to the Plymouth Observer.

Judge James Plakas ordered the exam for Angel Viar, 48, on Friday in 35th District Court in Plymouth, the report said, at the request of defense lawyer David Lankford. Plakas scheduled a Jan. 18 review of the case, the report said. 

Viar faces accusations of striking a 58-year-old Kroger employee with a pipe inside the Kroger at Ann Arbor Road at Sheldon the morning of Oct. 4. Police recovered a 12-inch steel pipe, the report said. 

The employee, who lives in St. Clair Shores, suffered a head wound and was treated at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia and released, the report said. 

Among Viar's charges are:

  • One count of assault with intent to murder
  • One count of assault to do great bodily harm
  • One count of assault with a dangerous weapon

Assault with intent to murder carries a penalty of up to life in prison if the person is convicted, the report said. 

Debbie October 28, 2012 at 03:58 PM
So Shocking and sad. Poor Angel, she was such a loveing and careing person. I guess losing her sweet brother, Sonny, really put her over the edge. I know with the loss of her mom, Angel was never the same, Bless her Heart, please send Prayers for things to get better for Angel to get the help she needs.
Chris November 18, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I was so devastated to hear this had happened. Angel and I used to meet for lunch and talk. I miss those visits very much.

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