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Woman arrested in attack on 73-year-old at Fresno AutoZone caught on camera

Woman attacks 73-year-old veteran at Fresno AutoZone

Fresno police released this video of a woman who assaulted and tried to rob a 73-year-old veteran at an AutoZone store on East Belmont Avenue in Fresno while several customers and employees watched. The attack happened Oct. 10, 2015. On Friday, Oc
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Fresno police released this video of a woman who assaulted and tried to rob a 73-year-old veteran at an AutoZone store on East Belmont Avenue in Fresno while several customers and employees watched. The attack happened Oct. 10, 2015. On Friday, Oc

A woman was arrested Friday after being seen on video attacking a 73-year-old man in front of an AutoZone on Oct. 10, the Fresno Police Department said.

Shvonna Alexander, 27, of Fresno, was arrested after a small stand-off with police, and she told authorities “I was just defending myself from that old man,” police said.

On Oct. 10, Vietnam veteran Victor Bejarano, 73, was walking into the AutoZone at 4210 E. Belmont Ave. when he was accosted by Alexander, police said. She demanded Bejarano’s wallet but he refused. She followed him into the store and continued the altercation.

She attempted on several other occasions to put Bejarano into a headlock, police said. When he left the store, Alexander followed him outside and continued to attack him. A witness told Alexander that the police had been called.

Alexander walked away from the scene and left in her vehicle.

After the video was released, two tips to Crime Stoppers led police to Alexander at her apartment.

Alexander has a prior burglary arrest, police said. She also has a record dating to 2010 in Oklahoma, where her arrest along with an accomplice for a string of burglaries was predicted to “ease fears.” She was booked into the Fresno County Jail for attempted robbery and elder abuse.

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