An elderly woman was sexually assaulted and murdered on the running track of a high school while trying to help out her exercise partner.
Fusako Petrus, 86, was walking on the running track of Highlands High School on Wednesday at 6 a.m.. She has been walking this track in Northern Highlands for decades, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Sacramento Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull said Petrus was walking at her own pace, ahead of her 61-year-old exercise partner. A man attacked the 61-year-old woman first. Petrus saw the attack and tried to help her friend.
“She started screaming, and the 86-year-old woman came to her aid,” Turnbull said. “When she got there, the suspect turned his attention to the 86-year-old and attacked her. He sexually assaulted her and caused injuries that led to her death.”
Both she and her friend were sexually assaulted and beaten by the stranger. After killing Petrus, the attacker allegedly fled by jumping over a fence on the perimeter of Highlands High School.
An 18-year-old has been named as a “person of interest” in the case, according to the Sacramento Bee. Witnesses to the track attack described the suspect as a man in his 30s, wearing black sweatpants and a burgundy sweatshirt.
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