PD: Woman bound and gagged with duct tape during north Phoenix robbery

PHOENIX - A Phoenix woman was bound, gagged and held at gunpoint during the robbery of a seamstress store. 

Phoenix Police report that on November 15, they arrested 28-year-old Yaovi Amouzouvi walking toward his apartment near 35th and Glendale avenues. 

On October 6, police say, Amouzouvi and another man entered the sewing store looking for employment. They later returned to the store, Amouzouvi wearing a Halloween mask and the other man wearing a dust mask. 

The victim was allegedly shoved to the ground and held at gunpoint while her hands, feet and mouth were duct-taped. The suspects opened drawers looking for cash. 

After the suspects left, the woman managed to get outside and flag down a witness who saw the men leaving. 

Amouzouvi was reportedly seen that afternoon by the victim and witness walking in the area. They confronted him, but he denied that he was responsible for the robbery, showing them his identification. 

The victim took a picture of the ID card and called the police. 

Amouzouvi was arrested and later admitted to police to his involvement in the crime, getting only $40 for his efforts. 

Amouzouvi has been charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

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