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SUSPECT IDENTIFIED: Security guard brutally attacked at Aurora King Soopers

UPDATE: Police have identified 21-year-old Xavier Cardona as the man suspected of attacking a King Soopers security guard.

Employees from a Planet Fitness in the Aurora Highlands Shopping Center recognized Cardona as the suspect from media reports and alerted Aurora police.

Upon arrival, officers found Cardona to match the description and to be in possession of the clothing worn the night of the attack.

According to a Facebook post from the department, investigators will be pursuing four felony charges and one misdemeanor charge:

Attempted first degree murder
First degree assault
Aggravated robbery
Felony menacing
Theft as a misdemeanor

The family of the victim is grateful for the community’s support but continues to request their privacy at this time, police say.

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Police have arrested a suspect in connection to this case, according to the Aurora Police Department.

In a tweet from the department, police said an employee at a business recognized the suspect and contacted Aurora police. The suspect matched the description and had the clothes he wore during the attack with him.

Police say they will be pursuing a charge of attempted homicide in the second degree.

UPDATE: WE HAVE MADE AN ARREST! THANK YOU EVERYONE! An employee of a business recognized the suspect and called APD, the suspect matched the description & had the clothes he wore during the attack with him. Investigators will be pursing at least Att Homicide in the 2nd Degree.

— Aurora Police Dept (@AuroraPD) October 16, 2019

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The Aurora Police Department is searching for a suspect that assaulted a King Soopers security guard earlier this month, kicking him so hard it left a shoe imprint in the guard’s face.

At 11 p.m. on Oct. 6, a suspect was approached by the on-duty security guard for shoplifting at the King Soopers at 15250 E Mississippi Ave.

The suspect then “brutally assaulted” the security officer outside the main doors of the supermarket, knocking the guard unconscious, according to a Facebook post from Aurora police. A video released by the department shows the injuries the guard sustained when the suspect kicked him so hard in the face that it left an imprint and serious bruising.

A good samaritan stepped in to stop the assault as the guard lay unconscious on the ground.

The suspect is described as a 6’0″ Asian male with a mustache and black rimmed glasses.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for up to $2,000 and the Aurora Reward Fund is offering $2,000, totaling $4,000 in potential reward.

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