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Facebook Helps Police Arrest Man Who Attacked Westford Clerk

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A man attacked the clerk at Littleton Road Liquors in Westford.

A man attacked the clerk at Littleton Road Liquors in Westford.

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BOSTON (CBS) – Phone tips and Facebook have helped police make an arrest in the violent robbery of a liquor store in Westford.

Earlier this month, a man attacked the clerk at the Littleton Road Liquors and robbed the store.

Police released the video to the media and posted it on their Facebook page which generated a lot of tips.

Police say that led them to Michael Whitcomb of Beverly and Jennifer Avola of Danvers who was videotaped in the store just before the robbery.

Surveillance video of the beating shows a man putting bottles on the counter for purchase, then suddenly running behind the counter and punching the owner, Duang Keophilia, in the face, pushing her against liquor store shelves, knocking over the cash register and punching her again as she attempted to fight back.

Police think the pair not only have robbed other stores, but were just about to pull off another robbery when they were caught.

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