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Video: Man arrested after attempt to steal a wheelchair on Phoenix light rail

PHOENIX — A man was caught on video in Phoenix on Friday attempting to steal a wheelchair from a woman while she was still sitting in it.

He was located and arrested for two outstanding warrants on Saturday and identified as 26-year-old Austin Brett Shurbutt.

The incident occurred at 3:40 p.m. inside a light rail car at the Jefferson Street stop, according to authorities.

Authorities also say that the victim screamed for help and fell from her wheelchair.

The suspect then tried to exit the light rail car with the wheelchair, but nearby bystanders came to the aid of the victim and halted the thief before he fled on foot.

Authorities described Shurbutt as a white male, age 22-28, 5-foot-6 to 6-foot, 200-215 pounds, dirty-blonde hair, a goatee and is wearing a red hoodie sweatshirt, blue jeans and reindeer slippers.

(Photo courtesy of the Phoenix Police Department)

The victim has not been identified at this time, but authorities said that she only suffered bruising and soreness.

Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact Silent Witness at 480-W-I-T-N-E-S-S (480-948-6377) or 480-T-E-S-T-I-G-O (480-837-8446) for Spanish speaking.

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