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Caregiver arrested after practicing karate moves on patients

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33 year-old Zaith Contreras told police he's a black belt in karate and a mixed martial arts specialist. But instead of practicing in a gym police believe he practiced his moves on at least two victims at a North Phoenix group home.

According to court documents the suspects karate moves included punching the victims in the temple, head, and sternum.  He's also accused of striking them with his knee on their backs and abdomens.

Contreras lived at the group home where he was the only caregiver there. One of the victims is wheelchair bound and partially paralyzed.

Zaith Contreras was arrested on January 10th but it took police three months to track him down. As soon as he learned he was under investigation police say he quit his job at the group home and started hiding out with various family members. He was finally arrested when he showed up for a court appearance on an unrelated crime.

Court documents show that one of the victims claimed Contreras wrapped his arm around her throat and held her still while he kneed her in the back. She suffered a broken rib.

During the abuse police claim he'd tell the victims, "you're making me do this" and "i'm doing this to make you a better human".

Contreras also admitted that he got his job using a fraudulent social security number and has been living in this country for 26 years.

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