A 63-year-old woman was killed Monday by a suspect who used an electric scooter to assault her on a Long Beach street, and a suspect was later taken into custody.
Officers responded about 12:30 p.m. to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 6400 block of North Obispo Avenue, according to Long Beach Police Department Public Information Officer Shaunna Dandoy.
“Upon arrival, officers located a female adult with significant injuries to her upper torso,” according to a police statement.
Fire department personnel responded and pronounced the woman — later identified as Rosa Elena Hernandez of Long Beach — dead at the scene, Dandoy said.
“Through their initial investigation, homicide detectives believe the suspect physically assaulted the victim and then proceeded to utilize a motorized scooter as a weapon during the assault,” police said.
Dandoy had said soon after the attack that a bystander tried to help stop the assault, but it’s unclear if police still believe that to be the case.
The suspect was seen running west from the location, and about 5 p.m. detectives located a man, initially described as a person of interest, at a store in the area of Downey Avenue and Artesia Boulevard, police said.
The man was later booked on suspicion of murder and was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, police said.
The suspect’s name was not immediately available.