A man was being held on charges of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the death of his 67-year-old woman who was trying to break up a fight between her daughter and the suspect, deputies said.
Amir Bass, 25, allegedly hit Martina Olivaece with his car after getting into an argument with her daughter in the 13300 block of Doty Avenue at 8:35 p.m, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The suspect is alleged to have fled the scene after the incident. He and his vehicle were located by Hawthorne Police Department personnel shortly after and taken into custody, authorities said.
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The victim’s 32 year-old daughter suffered minor injuries during the incident and was taken to a hospital to for treatment, deputies said.
Deputies said the incident began with an argument, and witnesses told NBC4 that the mother came into the street to break up the fight.
"It was just an argument about where's my money at?" said Joseph Lagat, a nurse who tried to offer CPR for the woman when he found she had no pulse.
The woman's family told him not to touch their mother, he said.
Deputies initially said Bass was booked into jail on suspicion of murder, but changed the charge, pending further investigation.