Homicide scene

In this May 3 photo, law enforcement officials investigate the scene at the Promenade on the Peninsula in Rolling Hills Estates where a woman was found stabbed to death in the parking structure of the shopping mall. (Photo by Nathan Percy/Daily Breeze-SCNG)

A 39-year-old Rancho Cucamonga woman with a petty-theft record has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a 66-year-old woman at the Promenade on the Peninsula mall earlier this month that shocked the community, officials announced at a downtown Los Angeles press conference on Friday.

Cherie Townsend was arrested around 5 a.m. Thursday in Victorville on suspicion of murder. She was booked at the Walnut sheriff’s station and was being held on $1 million bail, according to jail records.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell said the motive appears to have been a random robbery. Detectives used physical evidence in the victim’s SUV to make the arrest, authorities said, but declined to elaborate.

A 39-year-old Rancho Cucamonga woman with a petty-theft record has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a 66-year-old woman at the Promenade on the Peninsula mall earlier this month that shocked the community, officials announced at a downtown Los Angeles press conference on Friday.

Cherie Townsend was arrested around 5 a.m. Thursday in Victorville on suspicion of murder. She was booked at the Walnut sheriff’s station and was being held on $1 million bail, according to jail records.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell said the motive appears to have been a random robbery. Detectives used physical evidence in the victim’s SUV to make the arrest, authorities said, but declined to elaborate.

A 39-year-old Rancho Cucamonga woman with a petty-theft record has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a 66-year-old woman at the Promenade on the Peninsula mall earlier this month that shocked the community, officials announced at a downtown Los Angeles press conference on Friday.

Cherie Townsend was arrested around 5 a.m. Thursday in Victorville on suspicion of murder. She was booked at the Walnut sheriff’s station and was being held on $1 million bail, according to jail records.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell said the motive appears to have been a random robbery. Detectives used physical evidence in the victim’s SUV to make the arrest, authorities said, but declined to elaborate.

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