Man facing murder charge after California woman beaten with motorized scooter

Police in Long Beach say they have arrested a man in the sidewalk attack that killed the 63-year-old woman.
Image: A man was arrested in the death of a woman who was beaten with a motorized scooter in Long Beach, California.
A man was arrested in the death of a woman who was beaten with a motorized scooter in Long Beach, California.KNBC

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By Phil Helsel

A man accused of beating a woman with a motorized scooter is facing a murder charge in her death.

Officers were called to the site of the attack on a street in Long Beach, California, Monday afternoon, police said in a statement.

Rosa Elena Hernandez, 63, was killed in the attack.

"Detectives believe the suspect physically assaulted the victim and then proceeded to utilize a motorized scooter as a weapon during the assault," police said.

A little more than four hours later, police said they arrested a person of interest, who was booked on a murder charge and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

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Police on Tuesday identified the suspect as Amad Rashad Redding, 27, of Long Beach. He is being held at the Long Beach City Jail. It was unclear if he has an attorney, and a phone number for anyone listed as associated with a person of that name could not immediately be found.

Police did not release any other information on Tuesday in the attack.

The attack appeared to have been random, NBC Los Angeles reported.Hernandez was walking down the street when a man began attacking her, police told the station.

NBC Los Angeles reported that the man used an electric scooter in the attack.

The Los Angeles Times reported that it was a Bird scooter, and that authorities don't believe the attacker and the victim knew each other. Bird scooters are dockless e-scooters available to rent.

Police said that the suspect fled on foot after the assault, and the person who was arrested was found at a local business.

Friends and family of Hernandez came to light candles Monday night at the spot where she was killed.

"She was a nice lady, always said hi to everybody," neighbor Veronica Morales told NBC Los Angeles, adding that she was well known on the street. "Nobody deserves what that person did," Morales said.

Long Beach is a city on the coast south of Los Angeles.