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Police Arrest Woman Accused Of Attacking Tourist At Santa Monica Coffee Bean

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Authorities arrested a woman suspected of brutally attacking a tourist at a Coffee Bean in Santa Monica last week.

Santa Monica police didn't offer any more details about the arrest, according to CBS Los Angeles. However, last Friday, they released photos of the suspect taken from a surveillance video.

Barbara Lowy, who was visiting from New York with her husband and stepdaughter, told CBS Los Angeles that the unprovoked attack took place on June 9 when the family made a stop at the Coffee Bean located near the bustling Third Street Promenade. The suspect apparently stormed into the coffee shop while screaming and cursing on her phone.

When Lowy and her family became uncomfortable and tried to leave, Lowy says the woman pulled her by the hair and she soon found herself on the ground. She says the woman told her, "I'm going to come back with a machine gun and shoot you."

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Her husband tried to stop the woman and punched her, but she left the shop as if nothing had happened.

Lowy suffers from a hairline fracture to her vertebrae and is now wearing a neck brace. It's not clear what was the suspect's motives for the attack, but Lowy tells ABC 7 that she thinks the woman has mental health issues.