Avoid the Passive Voice
He was arrested for beating and robbing a woman on the street
He was arrested for beating and robbing a woman on the street as the victim was attempting to enter her church.
Passive voice is saying something was done to someone. Active voice tells who the someone is and who they did it to. A lot of times, passive voice is caused by a missing subject. In this case, whoever performed the arrest is what is missing. Obviously, some law enforcement agency made the arrest. You could say:
Police arrested him for beating and robbing a woman on the street.
If you don't want to mention the police, you could restructure it:
He beat and robbed a woman on the street, leading to his arrest.
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