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Phoenix police arrest man caught on camera brutally attacking phone store employee

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Phoenix police have now arrested the man who brutally attacked a young woman near 43rd Avenue and the Bethany Home on Saturday night. On Tuesday morning, Phoenix police released a video asking for the public’s help in identifying a man seen punching and stomping on a 22-year-old employee at a Cricket Wireless store. Several hours later, police released an update saying the 33-year-old was in custody.

Police said tips led them to the man’s location. Officers interviewed the man and said he admitted to the crime, and evidence of the theft was found in his possession. His name has not been released.

Graciela Cejudo works at the store next door and heard the victim’s screams. “You could hear the girl screaming; the truth is, it was very, very loud, and I stopped and grabbed the phone,” she said.

As she dialed 911, she says the victim ran inside the store where she worked. “I was shocked; I didn’t know what to do. She told me to lock the door and call the police, and I grabbed the keys as fast as I could. There was a customer coming, so I quickly locked it down,” she said.

After the attack, the man in the video can be seen heading to the back of the store and stealing phones and cash. “It was a very traumatic thing for me, because I was looking and I saw all the blood, his face was full of blood,” Cejudo said. She believes the suspect attacked the victim because there were no cars in the parking lot and he thought no one would hear.

Fortunately, the store where Cejudo works has protective glass and a locked door between her and the customers, but Cejudo says she thinks that’s not enough. “I don’t feel completely safe because I don’t know what these people are capable of,” she said.

The man faces multiple charges, including theft and aggravated assault.

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