UPDATE: Suspect identified in brutal beating death of 86-year-old woman

UPDATE 

Sacramento authorities announced on Thursday that they arrested a suspect in Wednesday’s early morning attack on two women at a high school track in an unrelated assault charge.

The unnamed 18-year-old suspect was arrested without incident following a second unprovoked attack on a third elderly woman in Sacramento.

A statement issued by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said that after deputies arrested the man in the afternoon, further investigation of the assault and circumstances of the day’s events led them to consider him as a person of interest in the Highlands High School attack which left a 61-year-old-woman injured and an 86-year-old woman dead.

Authorities also disclosed the two women were sexually assaulted during the attack.

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP.  Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

Original Story

An 86-year-old woman and her 61-year-old female walking partner were brutally attacked by a stranger on their morning walk around the high school track on Wednesday morning, near Sacramento, California.

The 61-year-old escaped serious injury, but authorities report the 86-year-old widow died at the scene from the brutal, unprovoked attack.

The assault took place around 6 a.m. as the two friends walked at the Highlands high school track. According to the Sacramento Bee, a fellow early-morning walker called 911 when they saw someone attacking the women on the grass infield.

A press release issued by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department states deputies responded to the call and began life-saving measure on the unresponsive 86-year-old female victim, however she was pronounced dead at the scene by Sacramento Metro Fire personnel.

The second victim was treated at the scene.

According to CBS, Sacramento County Sheriff’s officers are searching for a clean-shaven, black male in his 30s, 5’6” tall, with a medium complexion. He was last seen fleeing over a fence dressed in a burgundy sweat shirt and black sweat pants. Neighbors near the school reported law enforcement officers were requesting surveillance videos from the early morning hours.

North Highlands is approximately 12 miles northeast of the state capitol, Sacramento.

Classes at the high school and other schools nearby were held as scheduled Wednesday. However, students were released only to switch classes and visits to restrooms required escorts.

The Twin Rivers Unified School District website posted a notice, reminding the public that student and staff safety is a top priority.

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority, and we are doing everything possible to help students and staff cope with what happened this morning. We will continue to work together—parents, staff and community members—to ensure the safety of all. 

We appreciate your concern and support, and know you will keep the families affected by this senseless act of violence in your thoughts and prayers.

[Feature Photo: Wiki Commons/Highland High School]