Phone store

Man accused of robbing cell phone store and beating employee: police

PHOENIX, AZ — A cell phone store worker was beaten Saturday in an attack during a robbery that police say was savage.

The 22-year-old was bleeding from a cut on her face when police arrived at the scene around 5.15pm Saturday near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road, police said.

With the help of the public, police identified the suspected thief as Michael Cook, who was arrested for robbery, aggravated assault and burglary, according to prison records. He is being held in the Maricopa County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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Cook is accused of entering the store early Saturday night and punching and kicking the employee several times. She ran to a nearby business to call for help, while Cook is believed to have left on foot, with goods he stole from the store, police said.

Police publicly released surveillance video of the alleged thief in hopes someone could identify him, and they soon received several tips identifying him as Cook, police said. He was arrested shortly thereafter.

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