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UTAH COUNTY — A woman successfully fought back when a teenager pulled a pocket knife on her in a store parking lot early Thursday morning. A security camera helped police make an arrest in the case.

Sgt. Greg Ludlow of the American Fork Police Department said two women were walking out of the Walmart at 4689 W. Cedar Hills Dr. around midnight.

Parking lot surveillance video shows a teenager approach one woman from behind, put an arm around her waist and bring a knife to her neck with his other hand.

Police say the attacker told the woman "don't move, this isn't a joke."

But the woman instinctively hit the attacker with her elbow, knocking him away.

"She turned around and faced him, saw it was a male juvenile, approximately 15 or 16 years of age holding a pocket knife," Ludlow said.

The woman told police the teen apologized and said the attack was a joke. He then folded the pocket knife and walked away.

Police arrested a 15-year-old suspect. His identity is not being released because he is a minor.

Earlier Thursday, Ludlow said, "With the use of a weapon it could be a robbery, an aggravated assault. We're still putting things together trying to figure out his intent."

Contributing: Andrew Wittenberg

(NOTE: In the video presentation, the reporter says the attack happened at an American Fork Walmart. As noted in the article, it actually happened in Cedar Hills.)

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