A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery after police say he hit a Target cashier in the face and tried to steal $362 from her register on Sunday afternoon.
Michael Cadavas was stopped by loss-prevention officers inside the store at 1135 S. Gilbert Road about 2:30 p.m., moments after police say he walked behind the cashier while she was helping a customer and hit her, first with his forearm, then a notebook, then tried to grab the cash tray out of her register.
The robber took at least $362 from the register before security blocked the door with a shopping cart and recovered the money from Cadavas, police said. He was allowed to leave and was contacted by police on the northeast corner of Gilbert Road and Southern Avenue, where a police report says he made initial statements that he took money and assaulted a woman in the store. Cadavas had $393 in his possession at the time of his arrest.
The cashier was treated at the store by Mesa fire personnel and later taken to a nearby hospital by her father, where she was treated for a nosebleed.