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Carlsbad Man Arrested in San Marcos Assault Incident

Encinitas CA— Earlier today, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department released a video of a store clerk being brutally attacked in a Chevron Station in hopes the suspect would be recognized. See the full story [here]

Later in the afternoon, at 4:30 p.m. the male and a female companion were recognized, by North Coastal Station Deputies as the couple drove away from a Walmart on Leucadia Boulevard in Encinitas.

The deputies recognized them from the Crime Stoppers video they watched earlier in their shift. The deputies conducted a traffic stop on their vehicle and confirmed the occupants were the same as in the San Marcos surveillance video.

The male suspect was identified as 32-year-old Fredrick Cato from Carlsbad. Cato was arrested for 245(a)(1) PC-Assault Likely to Cause Great Bodily Injury and 3056 PC-Parole Hold. He is being booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

The female was questioned and released. The investigation is continuing.