A man was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the death of a 78-year-old Chinese woman whose body was found in her Alhambra townhouse, authorities said.
Alhambra police were alerted to the incident around 1 p.m. after the victim, identified as Moon Chueng, was found on the patio by her daughter, who lives in the complex at 1800 block of Garvey Avenue, according to Sgt. Troy Ewig with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. First responders attempted to render aid, but Chueng was pronounced dead at the scene.
Chueng's daughter told detectives the suspect, a Hispanic man in his early 20s, rang her doorbell and told her where to find her mother. She was on the patio with signs of trauma to her upper torso, Ewig said.
Coroner's officials responded to the location around 10 p.m. Wednesday night to determine a cause of death.
An hour after authorities responded, the suspect was found asleep in someone's car up the street from the crime scene, deputies said.
“The owner of the car came out to his car and found the individual inside then called the Alhambra Police Department," Ewig told KTLA.
The suspect has an address in the area, he added, but his motive was still unknown.
Detectives haven’t said the incident involved theft but did say the suspect had something on him that belonged to the victim.
“I don’t know the nexus between this location and what he’s doing up here but somehow he found his way and I think it was just a random target," Ewig said.
Neighbors said the housing complex's location at the end of a quiet, residential one-way street usually means only residents and those who know them are in the area.
“I’ve been here 20 years. Never happened before. Kind of scary," one neighbor, who wished to be identified only as Naomi, told KTLA.
"It’s always been peaceful as far as I know," another neighbor, Robert Ikemoto, said. "There’s never any kind of violence or anything.”