Police: Woman transferring funds to north Phoenix store is Tased, robbed

PHOENIX - A woman who was transferring money from one store location to another was Tased and robbed, according to Phoenix police.

Phoenix Police report that on April 2 a woman was moving money to the AZ Gold Rush Store, near 43rd and Dunlap avenues, when a man, later identified as 34-year-old Joseph Emmanuel McCrae II, pulled on her purse while Tasing her in the stomach several times. 

The woman dropped the bag and screamed. As several witnesses came to help her, McCrae ran and got into the back seat of a car before leaving the area.

Between the woman's description and surveillance video, police were able to piece together a bulletin which was sent out to the public.

Police say a source identified McCrae as the suspect. The victim was able to pick out McCrae from a photo lineup.

McCrae was located and arrested on June 22, at his home near 32nd Street and Broadway Road. McCrae reportedly told police that he was addicted to drugs and could not remember being involved in the crime.

He has been charged with robbery and theft.

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