West Hollywood, CA – A man who sucker-punched a Best Buy customer and stole his iPhone has been charged in the attack, after LAPD detectives recognized him from a separate arrest (video below).
Surveillance cameras captured the violent assault, which occurred inside the Best Buy store at approximately 7:50 p.m. on May 21, KNBC reported.
The footage showed 37-year-old Darren Richmond, as he wandered through the electronics store while snacking on a bag of Cheetos.
The video showed Richmond approached a young man from behind, as he casually browsed through items at the end of an aisle display.
Richmond then punched the customer in the right side of the head, knocking the unsuspecting man to the ground, the video showed.
The robber swooped down, snatched up the dazed customer’s iPhone, and sauntered out of the store.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Jeff Bishop said that the victim was shaken up after the incident, but that he was fortunate he wasn’t severely injured.
"People get hit, unsuspecting like that, they fall down, you could be critically injured, paralyzed or even killed if you land or fall the wrong way," Sgt. Bishop told KABC.
Police released footage and still images of the suspect in an attempt to identify him, and soon caught a break.
On May 22, Richmond was arrested on an unrelated offense, and astute LAPD detectives noticed that he bore a strong resemblance to the suspect in the Best Buy robbery, KNBC reported.
The detectives notified the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Station, who compared the still images with Richmond’s booking photo, KCBS reported.
After further investigation, the agency confirmed that Richmond was the individual responsible for the attack, and charged him with suspicion of robbery.
You can see the video of the attack below: