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Suspect accused of slicing open boy's neck at Metro East Walmart

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Corey Hoffman, 24, is charged with first-degree attempted murder, aggravated battery and aggravated battery of a child. Credit: St. Clair Co. State's Attorney. Corey Hoffman, 24, is charged with first-degree attempted murder, aggravated battery and aggravated battery of a child. Credit: St. Clair Co. State's Attorney.
CAHOKIA (KMOV.com) -

Police said a man who sliced open a boy’s neck during an attack at a Walmart store in Cahokia is facing charges.

Corey Hoffman, 24, is charged with first-degree attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery of a child.

The incident happened around noon Wednesday in the parking lot. Police say Hoffman attacked the boy, 11, as the boy walked out of the front of the store. 

Cahokia Police Department Captain Dennis Plew told News 4, "He was focused on him and one of the Walmart employees recognized that and she told the little boy to run. And they were near the front of the store and the little boy ran but he tripped." 

The victim was cut under his Adam's Apple, a short but deep cut under the muscle.

After the attack, police say Hoffman threw the saw he was holding into the air. He was found sitting in the grass a short distance away.

Walmart employees helped the boy, kept an eye on the weapon and followed Hoffman to show officers where he was, police say. The attack is believed to a random act.

"Very random, no relationship whatsoever. they didn't know each other, weren't acquaintances. Not family members. Very very random," said Capt. Plew.

The boy was taken to hospital where he was treated and released.

Police say Hoffman is well known to them and just last week his mother reported him missing.

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