Marcus Thomas Cruz arrested, accused of hitting store worker with hookah pipe, robbery

MOHAVE VALLEY, AZ - A 23-year-old Needles, California man has been arrested after he allegedly assaulted a bookstore employee with a hookah pipe then took off with cash from the store in Mohave Valley.

Marcus Thomas Cruz, a transient, was taken into custody on Wednesday and booked into jail for armed robbery and aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say detectives identified Cruz as the suspect in the November 6 bookstore robbery and assault that left the female employee with injuries.

On Wednesday, November 13, detectives got a tip on the whereabouts of Cruz.

Deputies and detectives learned that Cruz was meeting friends in a parking lot and staged patrol units, waiting for Cruz to arrive.

Around 4:15 p.m. deputies conducted a high risk contact with Cruz where he was taken into custody without incident, according to MCSO.

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