Suspect arrested in connection to robbery, sexual assault

A lot of people in Tempe can breathe a little easier, authorities announced they made an arrest just a few days after a woman was robbed and sexually assaulted while walking to work.

The woman was just walking from the bus stop to work like any other day. She cut through a parking lot of a hotel when police say a man changed her life forever.

Vincent Thompson turned 18 just days ago, and he is starting off his adulthood in a Maricopa County Jail.

Police say Thompson attacked a woman who was on her way to work in the Arizona Mills Mall.

He put a knife to her ribs, stole money out of her wallet, and then reached under her clothes.

A judge told him he would have to come up with $50,000 in bond money to get out of jail.

"You will remain in jail unless and until bond is reduced, or your case is finished okay? Talk to your attorney at your next court date, move over to your right please," said a judge.

After the attack last week police put out a composite sketch, they got numerous phone calls and a Tempe Police Officer also thought he recognized the suspect from the neighborhood.

"This is a perfect example of how the community came together to identify this guy, and now he is in custody," said Mike Pooley with Tempe Police.

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