Sheriff’s officials said Thursday they have arrested a suspect in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 66-year-old woman inside a mall parking structure in Rolling Hills Estates.
Susan Leeds, of Rancho Palos Verdes, was attacked shortly after 12:20 p.m. May 3 at the Promenade on the Peninsula in the 500 block of Deep Valley Drive. Leeds was found inside her SUV parked inside the Promenade’s parking garage with her throat cut and several stab wounds to the chest.
Sheriff’s officials did not immediately provide any details on the arrest. Sheriff Jim McDonnell scheduled a news conference for 8 a.m. Friday to discuss the arrest. Leeds’ relatives are also expected to attend the news conference in downtown Los Angeles.
A man had been detained a day after Leeds was killed and he was called a person of interest in the case. He was ultimately ruled out a suspect in the killing, although he was arrested for an unrelated offense.
“Based on surveillance video and current known evidence, the male is no longer being considered a person of interest, unless additional information or evidence comes to light,” sheriff’s officials said last week.