The co-owner of a Riverside smoke shop was critically injured after she was attacked with a hammer during a robbery Tuesday, her family and police said.
The victim's nephew told KTLA that the woman -- identified as Chaula Patadia, 52 -- was working alone at Smoke Shop Plus about 12:30 p.m. when the suspect entered the store and attacked her.
“She’s in the hospital right now in critical condition,” Rahul Lavingia said.
Riverside police said Patadia didn’t try to resist but the suspect struck anyway, hitting her several times in the head and knocking her unconscious.
Minutes after the suspect took off, a UPS man dropping off a package saw the victim and called 911, police said.