Suspect accused of beating woman to death with scooter identified
The suspect accused of beating a woman to death with a rental electric scooter near her California home has been identified as a 27-year-old man.
Amad Rashad Redding of Long Beach was arrested on murder charges for the Monday attack on 63-year-old Rose Elena Hernandez, police said.
Hernandez, also of Long Beach, was assaulted just blocks from her home around 12:30 p.m., according to authorities.
Cops say the suspect physically attacked the victim, then used a rental Bird brand e-scooter “as a weapon during the assault” before fleeing.
A bludgeoned Hernandez was found lying on the sidewalk with “significant” injuries to her upper torso, according to police. She died at the scene.
Redding was busted hours after the fatal incident. He is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Long Beach City Jail.
Authorities don’t believe Hernandez and her attacker knew each other.
Hernandez’s neighbors said she had lived in the coastal city for decades.
“She knew everybody in the neighborhood,” longtime friend Dennis Fitzgerald told KABC. “She lived here so many years. It’s just not right somebody would do such a thing.”
Fitzgerald told the news outlet that Hernandez’s husband of 30 years is “just totally devastated.”
“He doesn’t know what to do,” Fitzgerald said.
According to KABC, Hernandez was dropping off a gift at a relative’s home when she was attacked.
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