Atlanta Police arrest BeltLine robbery suspect

5:25 AM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Call it a story of survival.

A woman managed to fend off a vicious assault on the BeltLine in southwest Atlanta and even came up with an ingenious way to get back some of the items her attacker stole from her.

Joyce Lewis was walking home along the BeltLine in her Cascade neighborhood Tuesday night when she was ambushed.

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"I was coming around the corner when someone jumped and attacked me and tackled me to the ground and tried to pull me down the embankment," Lewis said.

Lewis says her cell phone rang and when her attacker bent down to scoop it up, she ran off.

Lewis reported the crime to police and then hatched an ingenious plan to get her cell phone back. She called her own phone number and negotiated with the man who answered the phone.

Lewis says the man claimed he's just bought the phone and would return it if she gave him his money back. Lewis notified the police and arranged to meet the man the following day.

The mother of three said a man she'd never seen before showed up to sell her the phone. But she also noticed her attacker lurking nearby.

Police arrived in time to arrest the Phillip Bright who Lewis said attacked her the previous day. Bright was arrested for robbery and violation of his probation.

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