Police make arrest in CVS stalker, assault case

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Metropolitan police detectives have arrested a 30-year-old Indianapolis man following a brazen attack on a CVS employee.

Officers arrested Yaceem Richardson Monday night at his home in the 1400 block of Congress Street. They believe he was the man captured on security video carrying out the March 17 attack.

The video shows a man walking into the CVS store at 16th and Meridian Street, confronting a female employee and punching her in the face. The video also shows the man running out of the store and down a nearby alley.

The victim didn’t know Richardson’s identity at the time. She said he’d been stalking her and becoming more aggressive in the weeks leading up to the attack. She said he punched her after she told him he’d been banned from the store and ordered him to leave.

Detective Brian Lambert reviewed the video from the store and found that Richardson had paid an earlier visit that same day in which he bought donuts and left. Lambert got Richardson’s name from the receipt and pulled a booking photo from a prior arrest.

When police showed the booking photo to the victim, she identified him as the man who had punched her.

Richardson has a long arrest history that includes public intoxication and seemingly random attacks on women. Over the last several years, he’s been arrested in multiple incidents where women rejected him. In 2010, a waitress at Acapulco Joe’s told police Richardson threw a drink in her face after she refused to give him her number.

In 2009, Richardson was arrested after getting into a fight with a woman on an IndyGo bus. In that case, he threatened to shoot everyone on the bus and spit a mouthful of liquor in a driver’s face.

In an earlier case, he was arrested for repeatedly punching a woman in a Kroger parking lot after she refused to give him money.

The attack on the CVS employee left the woman with a concussion and a bruised face. In court documents, Richardson said he was sorry for punching her. He wrote her a letter to apologize.

Richardson was being held on preliminary charges of felony battery and trespassing.