RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A 45-year-old transient was arrested Thursday morning for severely injuring a Riverside tobacco shop owner during a robbery earlier this week.

Eric Cunningham was taken into custody after a bus driver, who recognized him from TV reports, saw the suspect on an RTA bus and immediately notified authorities.

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Cunningham was booked into the Riverside County Jail on one count each of attempted murder and robbery.

The suspect allegedly hit the 52-year-old owner of Smoke Shop Plus on the head with a hammer and stole money from the cash registers Tuesday afternoon.

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When officers arrived on the scene, they found the woman bleeding and unconscious inside a locked back room.

She was taken to the hospital, where she remains in critical but stable condition.


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