Police arrest suspect in Phipps Plaza attack - FOX 35 News Orlando

Police arrest suspect in Phipps Plaza attack

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Suspect Steven Spigner, courtesy of Atlanta Police Suspect Steven Spigner, courtesy of Atlanta Police

Atlanta Police say a 17-year-old is responsible for the brutal attack on a woman in the Phipps Plaza parking lot last week.

Police have arrested Steven Spigner and Atlanta police say they can connect him to three other, similar cases.

"It looks like this started around July 5th," said Sgt. Greg Lyon, Atlanta Police Department. Police say that's when Spigner punched a woman in the face, in the lower parking lot at the Edgewood Target. The attacker told the woman to stay on the ground, or he would kill her. Police say Spigner took off in the woman's car.

"A couple days later, driving that same car that was taken in that robbery," Sgt. Lyon says, "they committed what we call a pedestrian robbery."

In that case, a woman parked on East Lake Blvd was getting something out of her trunk, when a man punched her in the face. Her attacker took off in her car.

A few days after that, police say Spigner stole a car off Moreland Avenue. And then the Phipps Plaza attack happened.

Police say the victim was at Twist restaurant and investigators believe she was attacked when walking to her car on Tuesday, August 5.

Two men beat the woman to the ground and took off in her car, according to police.

“She was approached by two males who demanded her vehicle so not only did they steal her car but beat her up in the process,” said Sergeant Greg Lyon with the Atlanta Police Department.

The victim told police one of the men was screaming at her using obscenities and threatened to shoot her if she did not do as they said. The woman was left with severe bruising and swelling on her face.

In a statement released to FOX 5, Phipps Plaza says they have a 24 hour security patrol of the mall, parking garages and surrounding parking lots.

Atlanta Police believe others besides Spigner could be involved. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Atlanta Police Department.

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