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The Latest: Arrest made in death of elderly California woman

  • Lloyd Miller talks about the death of his neighbor, Fusako Petrus, Friday, April 28, 2017, in North Highlands, Calif. Petrus, 86, was sexually assaulted and beaten to death during a morning walk around the track with a friend, Wednesday. Neven Glen Butler, 18, was arrested that afternoon on unrelated sexual assault and elder abuse charges and homicide detectives were able to tie him to the scene of the assault on Petrus. Butler is being held on suspicion of murder without bail, and will be arraigned in Sacramento County Superior Court, Monday.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Lloyd Miller talks about the death of his neighbor, Fusako Petrus, Friday, April 28, 2017, in North Highlands, Calif. Petrus, 86, was sexually assaulted and beaten to death during a morning walk around the track with a friend, Wednesday. Neven Glen Butler, 18, was arrested that afternoon on unrelated sexual assault and elder abuse charges and homicide detectives were able to tie him to the scene of the assault on Petrus. Butler is being held on suspicion of murder without bail, and will be arraigned in Sacramento County Superior Court, Monday.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)  (The Associated Press)

  • Don Hines pauses as he talks about the death of his neighbor, Fusako Petrus, Friday, April 28, 2017, in North Highlands, Calif. Petrus, 86, was sexually assaulted and beaten to death during a morning walk around the track with a friend, Wednesday. Neven Glen Butler, 18, was arrested that afternoon on unrelated sexual assault and elder abuse charges and homicide detectives were able to tie him to the scene of the assault on Petrus. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Don Hines pauses as he talks about the death of his neighbor, Fusako Petrus, Friday, April 28, 2017, in North Highlands, Calif. Petrus, 86, was sexually assaulted and beaten to death during a morning walk around the track with a friend, Wednesday. Neven Glen Butler, 18, was arrested that afternoon on unrelated sexual assault and elder abuse charges and homicide detectives were able to tie him to the scene of the assault on Petrus. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)  (The Associated Press)

  • Candles and flowers are arranged outside the home of Fusako Petrus in North Highlands, Calif., on Friday, April 28, 2017. Petrus, 86, was sexually assaulted and beaten to death during a morning walk with a friend at the track of Highlands High School on Wednesday. Neven Glen Butler, 18, was arrested that afternoon on unrelated sexual assault and elder abuse charges and homicide detectives were able to tie him to the scene of of the assault on Petrus. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Candles and flowers are arranged outside the home of Fusako Petrus in North Highlands, Calif., on Friday, April 28, 2017. Petrus, 86, was sexually assaulted and beaten to death during a morning walk with a friend at the track of Highlands High School on Wednesday. Neven Glen Butler, 18, was arrested that afternoon on unrelated sexual assault and elder abuse charges and homicide detectives were able to tie him to the scene of of the assault on Petrus. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the slaying of an 86-year-old California woman (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old man accused in the death of an 86-year-old California woman who was sexually assaulted and beaten during a morning walk.

Sacramento Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull on Friday identified the suspect arrested as Neven Glen Butle.

He became a suspect in the slaying of 86-year-old Fusako Petrus after his arrest on unrelated assault and elder abuse charges stemming a separate attack on Wednesday. That's the same day Petrus died.

Turnbull says homicide detectives tied Butler to the scene of the earlier sexual assaults of Petrus and a 61-year-old friend.

He says Butler is being held on suspicion of murder.

He is set to be arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court on Monday.

Turnbull says Petrus was killed after she tried to help her friend who was the initial target of the attack.

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8:25 a.m.

An 86-year-old California woman who was sexually assaulted and beaten to death during a morning walk around a high school track hit the attacker with her walking stick to try to fend off the man.

Authorities say Fusako Petrus was killed when she came to the aid of a 61-year-old friend who was the initial target of the attack Wednesday as they exercised on the track near Sacramento.

KCRA reports (http://bit.ly/2ppl2dB ) that family friend Vicki Butler says the man was choking the younger woman when Fusako started hitting him with her walking stick. This allowed the friend to get away.

Police say a man was arrested later Wednesday in connection with a separate assault several miles away. Investigators say he is a person of interest in the homicide, but he has not been charged.