Woman Found Dead at Alhambra Condominium

A man was taken into custody Wednesday following the death of a 78-year-old woman at an Alhambra condominium complex.

The death was reported about 12:40 p.m. at a condominium complex in the 1800 block of Garvey Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The woman was found dead in her yard, where she may have been gardening, investigators said.

Investigators said the victim's daughter responded to the doorbell, only to see a man pointing at her dead mother, identified by authorities as Moon Cheung, who was on the ground. 

"I don't know... what he's doing up here, but somehow he found his way and she was a random target," said Sgt. Troy Ewin.

When she ran outside to help her, the man ran into the home, shut and door and locked it, sheriff's deputies said. The family member called 911 and officers arrived and tried to search for the man, but he was not inside the residence.

Hours later, Alhambra police received a call of a suspicious person in a shed, a short distance away from the victim's residence, sheriff's deputies said. The suspect matched the description of the man they were looking for, and he was detained.

The 25-year-old man, who had an item that belonged to the victim with him, was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, investigators said.

Neighbors said the Alhambra neighborhood is relatively quiet.

"It's really too close to home," said Naomi, a neighbor. "It's scary. It's unbelievable."

The trespassing suspect is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bail at the Alhambra Police Department jail and is expected to appear in court Friday, according to online inmate records.

Editor's Note: Authorities initially stated the suspect was found inside a car. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department released a statement early Thursday morning saying he was found inside a shed.

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