A 66-year-old grandmother was stabbed to death walking her dog near a Los Angeles park, authorities said.
Jeanne Edgar was near Lone Hill Park in San Dimas on Thursday afternoon when a “crazed man” started attacking her fluffy white pooch named Sachi, NBC Los Angeles reported.
When she tried to intervene, she was stabbed to death, authorities said.
Other bystanders tried to intervene by throwing rocks at the man, who authorities later identified as 23-year-old Ricardo Saldivar, the outlet reported.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they pronounced Egar and her dog both dead.
Saldivar was taken to a hospital, where he was evaluated for head injuries before he was released into police custody.
He was booked into jail on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.
Saldivar is being held on $2 million bail and he is set to appear in court Monday, Fox11 reported.
Authorities haven’t released a motive for the gruesome attack.
Edgar’s loved ones remembered the mother and grandmother as “big-hearted.”
“Jeanne was a beautiful and big-hearted person and she didn’t deserve this,” friend Linda Sanders told news station KABC.
She said that Edgar often brought her beloved pup Sachi on walks.
“She went to different dog parks all the time. She had sweet little Sachi, her little baby girl and she walked her everyday,” Sanders told the outlet.