UPDATE: Man Arrested for Graphic Assault of Woman

UPDATE: Man Arrested for Graphic Assault of Woman

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Vincent Lavon Johnson, 41, Pensacola Vincent Lavon Johnson, 41, Pensacola
CAUTION: EXTREMELY DISTURBING VIDEO
(Graphic content at 0:25)
  
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UPDATE: Thursday June 19, 2014, 12:20pm 
 
Pensacola Police have arrested the man accused of punching a female in the face Wednesday afternoon when he robbed a business.
 
Vincent Lavon Johnson, 41, of Pensacola, was taken into custody around 8:15 a.m. Thursday on the 3000 block of North Roosevelt Street. He was charged with felony battery, strong-arm robbery and burglary.
 
The robbery occurred around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at Boost Mobile, 5039 Bayou Blvd.
 
Officer Greg Gordon said Johnson entered, walked around, put his phone in his pocket, approached a counter, reached over the counter, and punched store employee Jessica Smith, 35, in the face.
 
Johnson then demanded Smith tell him how to open the register. She complied and he took some money and the store phone before leaving the business. 
 
Smith, who is pregnant, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a broken nose.
 
The Pensacola Police Department received several tips identifying Johnson after a video showing the incident was distributed among media for broadcast. The video also was shared multiple times on Facebook, said Capt. David Alexander.


Officer Martez Lawrence said officers were in the 3000 block area of North Roosevelt Street around 7:15 a.m. today after one of the tipsters said police might find Johnson there.
 
Lawrence was sitting in his cruiser when he saw the suspect, who was wearing the same shorts and shoes as he had on Wednesday, running away from him.
 
Johnson was able to evade officers, but a K-9 track by Officer James Parsons and his partner Jannus led police to a home in the 3000 block of North Roosevelt where he was found hiding inside.
 
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ORIGINAL STORY: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 5:35pm
 
News 5 has obtained disturbing video of a woman being assaulted at a Boost Mobile store in Pensacola.
  
In the video, a tall black male approaches the counter and strikes the woman in the face, knocking her to the ground. He rushes around the counter and gets money from the register while the woman pleads for her life.
  
In the video, the woman claims she is pregnant.
 
After removing cash from the register, the suspect leaves with an unknown amount of cash as the woman calls for help. The victim emerges off the floor with a bloody face.
 
Pensacola Police tell News 5 the victim was treated at a local hospital for her injuries. The incident happened on Wednesday at 3:15pm at the store on Bayou Boulevard and the suspect entered the establishment twice, according to police. 
 
Investigators describe the suspect as a black make, approximately six feet tall, thin build with a medium complexion. He was wearing a black shirt, blue jean shorts, and dark two-tone running shoes. The shorts may have been faded or worn on a back leg.


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