A man with prior felony convictions pepper-sprayed and stabbed a hardware store employee during an alleged theft that spanned two confrontations, according to South Pasadena Police.

Jay William Brewer, a 48-year-old from Sylmar, was arrested by police for attempted murder after they found him hiding nearby the place he reportedly tried to rob — an Orchard Supply Hardware store located on the 400 block of Fair Oaks Avenue, according to a statement by authorities.

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