Heartbroken friends and family members said 63-year-old Rosa Hernandez was walking home from a friend’s house when 27-year-old Amad Rashad Redding (right) began punching her, then picked up an electric scooter that had been lying on the sidewalk and beat her over the head to death.
Heavy (h/t Thereza B) Amad Rashad Redding, 27, has been charged with murder after police said he beat a woman to death using a motorized scooter as a weapon. He was booked into the Long Beach City Jail and bond was set at $2 million. Investigators have not shared a possible motive for the attack.
A witness told police that he saw a man approach Hernandez and begin beating her. The witness told police that when he tried to intervene, the suspect grabbed the scooter and used it to hit Hernandez over the head. The suspect, now identified by police as 27-year-old Amad Rashad Redding, ran away from the scene. But police located him less than five hours later.
The attack on Rosa Elena Hernandez occurred around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2019. She was walking home after visiting a friend just a few blocks away. A witness told police that he saw a man approach Hernandez and begin beating her. The witness told police that when he tried to intervene, the suspect grabbed the scooter and used it to hit Hernandez over the head.
Another neighbor, identified as Robin Fagan, told CBS Los Angeles that the attack was recorded on a nearby surveillance camera. She told the TV station that police obtained the videotape. “They (police) saw him socking on her, pushed her down, kicking on her, and then she fell down. And then he went and got the scooter and started beating her on the head with the scooter.”
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Amad Rashad Redding ran track at Southern University in Baton Rouge & had plans to pursue Art as a career after graduating. Redding added that he was majoring in therapeutic recreation and wanted to open an art business after graduating from college.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for the victim’s funeral expenses.