Long Beach, California – Authorities said on Tuesday they are looking for a man considered responsible for the death of an elderly woman.
The Long Beach Police Department responded to a report shortly after 9 a.m. on Aug. 21 in the 1000 block of Redondo Avenue of an attack on the 72-year-old Barbara Scott, according to a statement from the department.
Upon arrival, officers found Scott being treated by paramedics from the Long Beach Fire Department for pain in her upper body. She told authorities that she tried to stop an argument between a man and a woman from escalating.
She was then approached by the man and hit in the upper body. She told officers that she fell to the ground as a result of the impact. Eventually, the man and the woman who were arguing in the street left the scene.
Scott returned to her home after her interview with the police. Officers were summoned back to the 1000 block of Redondo Avenue at 4:30 p.m. that day by the Los Angeles Fire Department after paramedics were sent to treat Scott, who had been found unconscious in her house.
The police discovered that Scott had been brought to a hospital and then transferred to a nursing home, where she died on September 16.
After the incident on Aug. 21, the coroner’s office determined that Scott died from “sequelae blunt head trauma.” Police have opened a murder investigation into Scott’s death, which they believe was the result of the assault.
The man and the woman with whom he was arguing were only identified as being in their 20s.
Detective Ethan Shear of the Long Beach Police Department is asking anybody with information about the attack to call 562-570-7244. Tips may be made anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477 or by submitting them online at lacrimestoppers.org.