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Oakland Man Arrested In Taped Beating Of Safeway Manager

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Surveillance footage shows a man attacking a manager of a Safeway store on Bancroft Avenue in San Leandro on September 23, 2013. (CBS)

Surveillance footage shows a man attacking a manager of a Safeway store on Bancroft Avenue in San Leandro on September 23, 2013. (CBS)

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) – An Oakland man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting and seriously injuring the manager of a Safeway store in San Leandro last month.

Charlie Johnson, 40, who was arrested at his home by Oakland police on Friday, was scheduled to be arraigned on an assault charge in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

San Leandro police haven’t disclosed a motive for the attack at the store, which is located at 555 Bancroft Ave., at about 10:55 a.m. on Sept. 23.

The suspect entered the store, approached the manager and suddenly punched him, knocking him to the ground and then fleeing, police said.

San Leandro police spokesman Lt. Randall Brandt said the manager, who is in his early 50s, is still in “very serious” condition at a local hospital.

Brandt said Johnson wouldn’t have been identified without tips police received from video surveillance of the incident that was aired by local television stations the day after the incident.

He said the best information came from a law enforcement officer from another agency who recognized Johnson.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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