Suspect in custody following multiple attacks on elderly women

CALIFORNIA — Investigators in Sacramento said they have a person of interest in custody following the horrific murder of an 86-year-old woman at Highlands High School on Tuesday.

According to officials, the 18-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday after physically assaulting another elderly woman.

“It’s really kind of creepy that someone is, like, out there specifically targeting elderly people,” said Alex Jullig, a resident in the area. “It’s kind of, like, out of this world, really.”

Investigators said Wednesday’s incident was the third attack on an elderly female in one day and that all attacks appeared to be sexual assaults, as well. They said they have reason to believe the same suspect sexually assaulted 86-year-old Fusako Petrus and her 61-year-old friend because his description matches what they had on file for that incident.

“I always see this neighborhood as on the safer side,” Jullig said. “A lot of good people live here and, yeah, absolutely not, I would never expect that to happen here.”

Another resident close to the area, Richard Haase, said, “I’m in total shock that something like that should take place in a wide open area.”

“Age is really meaningless,” Haase said. “If it’s a baby, or 86-year-old woman, or 100-year-old woman, they should not die before their time.”

The 18-year-old arrested currently faces two felony charges for assault and willfully causing elder abuse.

The investigation is ongoing.

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