UPDATE: Suspect in check cashing store stabbing caught

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UPDATE: September 9, 2009

The suspect accused of stabbing a check cashing employee has been arrested.

The violent incident took place on August 31 at abnout 9 a.m. on the 1600 block of east Broadway.

Mesa police say the female victim was opening for business when she noticed a long-time customer standing next to her. When she opened the first door and tried to open the employee door she says she was pushed from behind. The victim also told police she looked at the suspect and he laughed at her and began stabbing her constantly with a 6 to 8-inch knife.

The victim was stabbed a total of 37 times until she fell and the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Luis Miranda, fled.

After further investigation Mesa police determined Miranda was a regular at the check cashing store and had asked the victim to go out but she had said no. The victim told police that might have been the reason the suspect attacked her.

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MESA -- Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Mesa check-cashing business in which an employee was stabbed.

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It happened at about 9 a.m. at a store by Reed Park near Broadway Road and Williams Lane, which is between Stapley Drive and Gilbert Road.

Details are limited at this point, but according to Sgt. Ed Wessing, the employee, an adult woman, was stabbed several times. She was taken to the hospital and reportedly is in critical condition.

Wessing said the only suspect description police have right now is an Hispanic male who was wearing a striped shirt.