Woman Beaten to Death With Scooter in Southern California: Police

(KTLA) -- A person of interest is in custody after a woman was beaten to death with an electric scooter Monday afternoon, officials said.

The incident was reported around 12:30 p.m. in the area of Obispo Avenue and East 64th Street, Shaunna Dandoy, a spokesperson for the Long Beach Police Department, told FOX40 sister station KTLA.

A bystander tried to intervene when the assailant grabbed a scooter that was nearby and used it to continue attacking the victim, Dandoy said. Later, when asked about a possible good Samaritan, Sgt. John Magallanes said he had no information about that and added, "No one else was involved in that altercation."

The attacker then ran away from the scene and was last seen heading west. He was seen wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants and red shoes, and had facial hair, Magallanes said.

Long Beach firefighters responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. She has not been identified.

The person of interest was taken into custody "in the general area" about 5 p.m., Magallanes said. He did not elaborate on that person or if he matched the description of the assailant.

Homicide detectives are at the scene and the investigation is ongoing. The motive behind the attack is unknown and police could not say if it was random.

Police representatives declined to identify the brand of scooter that was used in the attack, but e-scooter rental company Bird confirmed it was be involved in the investigation.

"We are deeply saddened by this act of violence and our hearts and thoughts go out to the victim and her family," spokesperson Rebecca Hahn said in an emailed statement. "We will work with local law enforcement to help with the investigation into this tragedy."

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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