Store clerk stabbed during cigarette theft flown to local hospital

Jeffrey Jamal Smien, Jr., 31 of Belton, was arrested in connection with the attack. (Jail photo)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Killeen store clerk was who suffered a punctured lung when he was stabbed by a man who jumped up on the counter and tried to steal cigarettes was flown to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.

Jeffrey Jamal Smien, Jr., 31 of Belton, was arrested in connection with the attack.

He remained in the Bell County Jail Monday in lieu of $200,000 bond, charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

Officers responded to the store in the 400 block of North 10th Street Friday after receiving a report of the stabbing.

When they arrived they found Smien, who was shirtless, standing in the street holding a knife to his throat, which he eventually placed on the ground, an arrest warrant affidavit says.

The 6 ¼ -inch long knife had blood on it, the affidavit said.

An officer followed a blood trail from the store entrance to the rear of the business where he found the clerk with blood on his arm and hands and a puncture wound to the back, the affidavit says.

Witnesses told officers they saw Smien enter the store without a shirt on.

They said the clerk ordered him to leave, but instead Smien jumped on the counter and tried to steal cigarettes, the affidavit says.

As store employees hit him and chased him out of the store, Smien stabbed the clerk in the back with the knife, the affidavit said.