RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KCAL / KCBS) – California authorities are investigating the murder of a 64-year-old Asian American woman who was attacked while walking with her dogs. It is not believed that it was a hate crime.
The surveillance video captured the violent attack on Saturday morning, 64-year-old Ke Chieh Meng, who was an Asian-American. A female suspect in dark clothes approached her, stabbed her repeatedly, and then casually walked away.
The police say Meng died in the hospital.
Ke Chieh Meng, 64, died after being stabbed multiple times while walking her two dogs in a neighborhood in Riverside, California.(Source: Riverside Police Department, KCAL / KCBS via CNN)
The suspect has been identified as 23-year-old Darlene Montoya, an apparent temporary. She was jailed for murder.
Investigators do not believe the incident was a hate crime, despite the recent increase in violence against Asian Americans across the country.
Officer Ryan Railsback says a motive is still not clear.
According to the police, Darlene Montoya, 23, was arrested on suspicion of murder.(Source: Riverside Police Department, KCAL / KCBS via CNN)
“Our detectives spoke to the suspect and based on what she said nothing suggests she attacked the victim for being Asian,” Railsback said. “But we have some concerns about their mental health and substance abuse.”
Neighbors say homelessness has become a bigger problem in the area and this incident is a reminder to be extra aware of those around you.
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