Police Arrest 3 In Elderly Woman's Death

Bakersfield Police officers have arrested three men wanted in connection with the death of an elderly woman outside of Foods Co Grocery Store.

Officers were called to the FoodsCo grocery store at 2505 Haley Street at 7 p.m. on Aug. 19.

When they arrived, they say they found 71-year-old Guadalupe Ramos being treated by ambulance crews.

According to detectives, Ramos had left the store and was walking to her car when a black male in his early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a thin build, wearing a black baseball cap, a black and gray horizontal stripped shirt, tan shorts and black tennis shoes approached her from behind. The attacker grabbed Ramos' necklace, which caused her to fall.

Ramos was taken by ambulance to Kern Medical Center where she died as a result of her injuries.

Officials said the attacker fled on foot in a south westerly direction to Haley Street. He was seen getting into a silver sedan similar to a 1990s model Toyota Camry.

Investigators said they received information from an anonymous caller and a second robbery victim from an earlier unreported incident after the composite was released to the public.

On Tuesday, the Bakersfield Police Department arrested Maxamillion Lee McDonald 26, Lawrence Gregory Slaughter 28, and AB 109 Probationer Christopher Harvell Patterson 19, on charges of murder.

They were arrested pursuant to a Ramey warrant for murder, robbery, conspiracy, and participation in a criminal street gang.

Further investigation revealed that Patterson was the suspect that forcibly removed the victim’s necklace, officials said.

After taking the victim’s necklace, officials said Patterson ran to a pre-arranged location where McDonald and Slaughter were waiting in the getaway vehicle.

Effective October 1, 2011, California Assembly Bill “AB 109” allows non-violent, non-serious, and non sex offenders to serve their sentence in county jails instead of state prisons.

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