FONTANA (AP) — Authorities say a man stabbed a California department store worker and pepper-sprayed another after the workers detained two women who walked out without paying for items.

Police in Fontana say the three suspects got away but were arrested at a residence several hours later.

The employee who was stabbed was hospitalized with non-life threatening wounds.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper reported Monday that Larry Meyer allegedly attacked the workers in an attempt to free the detained women. The 34-year-old could face charges including assault with a deadly weapon.

The women — 39-year-old Cherokee Hicks and 55-year-old Tina Morin — could face charges robbery charges.

It wasn’t immediately known if any of them have attorneys.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.


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