Fairfield police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a man known as the "hard hat robber" wanted in connection with a string of armed robberies in Solano, all within a span of eight days.

Eric Johnson, a 45-year-old transient with ties to the Bay Area, Fairfield and Sacramento, was taken into custody April 19 by San Francisco police in San Francisco on the grounds of a warrant obtained by Fairfield police naming him as the gun-wielding suspect responsible for a pair of local robberies, according to a press release from Fairfield police Sgt. Troy Oviatt.

Johnson, who Oviatt described as "a dangerous career criminal," is suspected of robbing a business in the 1700 block of North Texas Street at gunpoint on March 29, followed by a similar heist four days later just up the street at a business in the 1800 block of North Texas Street.

In the first incident, Johnson allegedly entered the business wearing a hard hat and orange reflective vest, Oviatt reported. While inside, he allegedly hit a customer in the head with a handgun before pointing the gun at an employee and robbing her at gunpoint. Immediately after the robbery, Johnson ran from the store, got into a stolen vehicle and drove away, Oviatt said.

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