The Latest: California police say woman died helping friend

The Latest on the apparent random beating death of an elderly California woman (all times local):

2 p.m.

California police say an 86-year-old woman on a morning walk was sexually assaulted and beaten to death coming to the assistance of an exercise partner in an apparent random attack.

Police say a young man attacked to the two women Wednesday morning while they walked around a high school track near Sacramento. Police say the 86-year-old woman was using a walking stick in an attempt to protect her 61-year-old friend from the attacker when he turned his attention to her.

The younger woman received minor injuries and the older woman was pronounced dead at the scene when police arrived.

An 18-year-old man has been detained, but not charged.


1 p.m.

Northern California police say they have detained a young man in the apparently random beating death of an 86-year-old woman on a morning walk around a high school track.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says the 18-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of assaulting another elderly woman later in the day several miles away. Investigators say the teen is a person of interest in the homicide, but he has not been charged.

Authorities declined to identify the suspect and the victims.

Investigators say the 86-year-old woman and a 61-year-old companion were walking on a high school track when a man punched and kicked them around 6 a.m. Wednesday, killing the older woman. Another person walking on the track called police.

Police say the attack appeared to be random.