FOLEY, Ala. (WALA) - It was back to business as usual on Tuesday, October 1 for Papa Murphy’s Pizza on Highway 59 in Foley.
Employees were relieved to know the man accused of assaulting and robbing a Foley Middle School teacher had been arrested.
“You would never think in Foley in broad daylight someone would get attacked, beaten and robbed in front of all those people that were outside as well,” Ann Callegan, co-owner of the store said.
Foley police said Anthony Andrew Knight stalked Patricia Givens outside the pizzeria, then knocked her down and stole her purse. The move left severe bruising and swelling on her face. Two of her fingers were also broken during the attack.
FOX10 learned the suspect lived at the Loxley Community Work Center and was out on a furlough weekend at the time of the incident.
Authorities said he was supposed to return on Sunday night, but never showed up until Monday afternoon.
He was serving a 15 year sentence for burglary and has a lengthy burglarly rap sheet dating back to 2002.
Police were able to catch Knight after he abandoned his vehicle in a Rent-a-Center parking lot, just west of Papa Murphy's.
Lt. David White said investigators were able to match the abandoned car with Knight and tracked him down in Loxley.
Lt. White said, “he hitchhiked, basically, from here to Loxley.”
This will be his first time Knight is charged with first degree burglary and first degree assault.
According to Given’s husband, her doctor said she should be able to return to teaching in about a week or so. Although she still has much physical recovering to go through, Givens has resolved the matter spiritually.
“I've already forgiven him. I just wish the circumstances hadn't happened at all,” Givens said. “He'll have to suffer the consequences of what he did and he won't be able to hurt anybody else, that's the main thing."
Just before leaving the police station Tuesday afternoon, Knight said he was sorry.
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