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Suspects accused of brutal St. Matthews JCPenney attack plead not guilty

Suspects accused of brutal St. Matthews JCPenney attack plead not guilty

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two suspects arrested in connection with a brutal attack on a store employee faced a judge Tuesday morning -- and police are still searching for a third suspect.

St. Matthews Police are asking for your help to identify that third suspect. They say tips led to the arrest of the two teens who appeared in court this morning.

Eden Araque, age 19, and 18-year-old Hunter Ackerman were arrested Monday evening and pleaded not guilty to robbery in court today. Police believe they are responsible for a attacking a JCPenney loss prevention officer on Christmas Eve when she confronted them about shoplifting.

The 50-year-old victim was left with a broken nose, cuts and bruises.

Police say the suspects were trying to get away with $400 worth of clothes.

"This is a situation where these folks would have been facing a misdemeanor charge," said Det. Dennis McDonald of St. Matthews Police. "They probably, in all likelihood, would have been cited and released. Instead, they're facing some serious crimes: robbery in the first degree."

The victim has been treated and released. We're told she's been on the job more than two decades.

Bond for Ackerman and Araque has been set at $2,500. Both are scheduled to be in court on Jan. 8.

If you have any information about the third suspect, call St. Matthews Police at (502) 893-9000.

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