Updated at 10:10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 21

A Fred Meyer loss prevention employee suffered serious wounds after an altercation with a potential shoplifter, who stabbed the employee in the neck Sunday evening.

The incident occurred at the Northern Lights Boulevard location around 5 p.m.

In a Monday release from the Anchorage Police Department, the victim and witnesses said the man — identified by APD as 31-year-old Steven Treadway — was observed putting merchandise into a backpack and trying to leave the store without paying for it.

When employees confronted Treadway, the man tried to run away. One employee tried to stop him from fleeing and Treadway, “produced a knife and stabbed the (loss prevention) officer in his neck.”

The victim and other employees were able to detain Treadway until APD officers arrived, the release stated. Police arrested Treadway and brought him to APD headquarters for questioning.

Monday’s release stated Treadway was later charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. He was taken to the Anchorage Correctional Complex.

The wounded employee was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, a 2-inch laceration, according to APD. He was listed in stable condition.