Suspect in custody for attack on security officer at Aurora King Soopers

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AURORA, Colo. — A suspect has been in arrested in connection to an attack on a security officer at a King Soopers store that was captured on surveillance video, the Aurora Police Department said Wednesday.

Xavier Cardona, 21, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, aggravated robbery, felony menacing and theft.

Employees of a business recognized the suspect after police released new photos on Wednesday morning.

The employees called in the tip and Cardona was arrested at an unknown location. Police said Cardona had clothing with him that matched what was worn during the attack.

Police said the security officer was attacked by Cardona, who they said was shoplifting at the store at 15250 E. Mississippi Ave. late in the evening of Oct. 6.

When the security officer tried to stop Cardona, he was attacked outside the main doors of the store, police said. The security officer was left unconscious by the attack.

A good Samaritan tried to stop the attack, police said. The security officer is recovering at home from severe injuries, police said.

A $10,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Half of the reward was offered by King Soopers.

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