Authorities in Arizona say a homeless woman was arrested on suspicion of killing a 69-year-old woman in an attack she later claimed was ordained by God.
According to the New York Post, 29-year-old Roxanne Laramart is accused of beating Sally Haese with a ball peen hammer on Monday.
Court documents indicate she told authorities she was “trying to do the right thing to help” and accused the victim of being a child molester.
A man at Haese’s home in Buckeye reportedly contacted authorities after the attack but could not restrain the suspect, who escaped on foot, as reported by the Arizona Republic.
Authorities soon arrived at the scene and three individuals at the location identified Laramart as the assailant and as a woman they had known for years. In addition to a hammer, investigators say they also found a box cutter at the scene.
The victim was transported to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later, according to police.
Officers were able to locate the suspect nearby at a trailer park and took her into custody when she surrendered.
Her friend, Alicia Parker, said she showed up at the home soon after the deadly attack.
“My husband told her, ‘You can’t be here; they’re looking for you,'” she said.
Laramart reportedly responded by telling Parker’s husband to call the authorities before taking a seat on their front porch.
“It was such a shock to my husband and myself that it’s still taken us this long to wrap our heads around it,” she said.
The suspect is expected to appear in court on Wednesday and faces criminal counts of first-degree murder, aggravated assault and burglary. As of the latest reports available, she remained behind bars at the Maricopa County Jail with a cash-only bond set at $500,000.
Authorities say they will also investigate Laramart’s allegations that Haese was guilty of child molestation.
[Featured image: Roxanne Lararmart, Buckeye Police Department]