MODESTO -- The Modesto Police Department has arrested a 21-year-old man for a brutal attack that left an elderly homeless woman severely injured.
Around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, the 62-year-old woman walking on Yosemite Boulevard near Empire Avenue in a business complex when she was attacked by the suspect now identified as Alexander Knab.
Police said Knab brutally attacked the woman without warning and left her in a pool of blood and unconscious.
When he left the scene, he took the woman's backpack and her walker.
Around 8:30 a.m. a passerby saw the victim - who was now awake - and called authorities.
She was treated for her injuries at a local hospital.
Police were able to identify Knab as the suspect through footage from a surveillance camera.
He was later spotted and arrested at the transit center in downtown Modesto.
Knab is being charged with attempted murder, robbery and violation of parole.