A Valencia woman collapsed and died early Monday morning while going to check on neighborhood commotion related to a burglary, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
The incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. in the 26100 block of McBean Parkway, where “a person who was perceived to be mentally challenged was seen running through the complex,” Lt. Rob Hahnlein of the sheriff’s Santa Clarita station told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal.
Hahnlein initially said the woman “was chasing him, collapsed and expired.”
But by late morning, the investigation revealed the woman had simply exited her home to find out what was going on outside when she died, the lieutenant said. The woman was not chasing the suspect, he said.
Deputies responded to the scene and performed CPR on the woman before she was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the Signal reported, citing the Sheriff’s Department. Her cause of death was unknown. She was not immediately identified.
An alleged burglar was detained on suspicion of illegally entering multiple homes in the area, Hahnlein said.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives were initially called to the scene to investigate the episode, according to a press release.
After it became apparent that the suspect had not touched the woman or caused her death, the incident was being investigated as a death but not a homicide, the lieutenant told KTLA.
The identity of the suspect in custody was not released.
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
KTLA’s Melissa Pamer and Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.