LAKEWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A 35-year-old Long Beach man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a female gas station clerk in Lakewood last month.

Kendrick Ruth was taken into custody Wednesday at a Long Beach motel and booked on suspicion of robbery and assault, according to Lt. Minh Dinh of the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station. He’s being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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The incident, which was caught on camera, happened around 1:15 p.m. Sept. 7 at a Chevron station at 4910 Lakewood Boulevard.

A 23-year-old woman named “Yadira” said the suspect handed her a $1 bill for a $1.41 Swisher Sweets cigar.

“He just says, ‘Well, this is all I have…(expletive) whatever.’ And I was like, ‘You need to get out of the store.’ I was like, ‘I’m sorry.’ And he tries to snatch it,” said Yadira.

The victim said that’s when the suspect punched her in the face, injuring her eye.

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“It just happened so fast. My reaction, I didn’t think he would hit me. And he just socks me,” Yadira said.

Ruth is expected to be arraigned Friday.

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