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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A 63-year-old was indicted by a grand jury after an assault at the Social Security Office in Greenville.

Kenneth David Sipple of Travelers Rest is charged with assaulting a federal employee in November.

According to the indictment filed on Wednesday, the victim, a contract employee of the Department of Homeland Security, was working as a guard at the office when Sipple struck him with "both open and closed hands."

The suspect is also accused of wrestling the guard, trying to take his firearm and then stabbing him in the earlobe with a ballpoint pen.

If found guilty, Sipple could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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