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Security Camera Catches Man Dragging Estranged Girlfriend by Hair in Arcadia

The suspect is currently in custody, and the victim was taken to a hospital in unknown condition.

The 27-year-old estranged boyfriend of a woman seen on home security video being dragged off the front porch of a house in Arcadia was being held Tuesday morning on suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment and other undefined crimes in lieu of $1 million bail.

Police were sent a link to the video about 2 p.m. Monday and determined the attack had occurred about 11:40 p.m. Sunday, according to the Arcadia Police Department.

The video showed the victim running up to a home near Santa Anita and Camino Real avenues, followed seconds later by the suspect, who grabbed her by a hand and, as she fell to the ground screaming, dragged her off the home's front porch and out of view.

Officers scoured the area and found the woman about 3:30 p.m. in a house in the 1500 block of South Santa Anita Avenue. The suspect, identified as Robert Michael Mendez, was also in the home and was taken into custody, police said.

The victim was taken to a hospital in unknown condition.

Mendez was being held on suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment and other crimes.

He was scheduled to be in court Wednesday.

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