A 54-year-old woman who was attacked with a liquor bottle while standing in line with her daughter at a CVS store in Temecula died of her injuries, and her alleged assailant could face a murder charge, authorities said Wednesday.
Tammy Serrano of Temecula died about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, after being taken off life support, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Her alleged attacker, Brian Eldon Saylor, 31, of Temecula, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta. The District Attorney's Office is expected to file a criminal complaint by Thursday morning.
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According to sheriff's Sgt. Ray Huskey, deputies were called to the CVS/Pharmacy store at 31771 Rancho California Road, in the shopping district just off Meadows Parkway, shortly after 5 p.m. Monday to investigate reports of an assault.
Her family told NBC4 that Serrano was standing in the checkout lane with her daughter when a stranger walked up and struck her in the back of the head with a large liquor bottle.
Pharmacy employees were holding the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Saylor and identified him as the alleged attacker, according to Huskey. The attack was apparently recorded by store surveillance video cameras.
Saylor, who was arrested without incident, has no listed felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County.
An employee of a market in the same shopping center said Saylor was often seen walking around the area. The man, who did not want to be identified, said the suspect sometimes appeared drunk and shoplifted alcohol, but did not seem violent.
Serrano's family and friends were planning a vigil outside the CVS store at 9:30 Wednesday night in memory of the mother and grandmother. They were asking people to wear the color red, which was her favorite.