Man charged with robbery following attack on airport employee

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CLEVELAND - Shelton Beard, 54, has been charged with robbery following an attack on a United Airlines employee at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Cleveland police say Thursday morning, the employee was on the baggage claim level at Hopkins. She noticed the suspect watching her as she withdrew money from an ATM near the airport's welcome center.

Police say he followed her onto an elevator. Once inside, he punched her in the back of her head, but she was able to open the door and get away.

A traffic controller saw what happened and ran after the suspect, then a Cleveland police officer joined in the chase and was able to arrest the suspect.

The employee that was assaulted was not injured.

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