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Charges filed against woman in assault of Vietnam vet at Fresno AutoZone

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

The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office has filed criminal charges against Shvonna Alexander in connection with the Oct. 10 attack on a 73-year-old Vietnam War veteran – a brutal altercation captured by an automotive parts store’s surveillance video system.

A criminal complaint charges Alexander, 27, with felony attempted robbery and felony elder abuse.

She is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Fresno County Superior Court.

Police said Victor Bejarano was walking into the AutoZone store on Belmont Avenue at Cedar Avenue in southeast Fresno when he was confronted by Alexander. She demanded his wallet, but Bejarano refused to give it up. She then attacked the Vietnam veteran.

The attack began in the parking lot, continued inside the store, then returned to the parking lot. She tried several times to put Bejarano in a headlock. After a witness told Alexander the police had been called, she left in her vehicle.

The store’s video system recorded the attack. Once the video was released to the public, Crime Stoppers tips led to Alexander’s arrest Friday when she told police during a small standoff that “I was just defending myself from that old man.”

She remains in the Fresno County Jail in lieu of nearly $50,000 bail.

If convicted, Alexander faces up to four years behind bars, prosecutors say.

In June 2014, Alexander pleaded no contest to misdemeanor theft. As part of her probation, she was told to enroll in a theft-diversion program and ordered to stay away from Vons stores, court records show.

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,” according to the Tulsa World.

Pablo Lopez: 559-441-6434, @beecourts

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