A California man was arrested for allegedly killing a pregnant woman as she headed to work last week in a horrifying tragedy police have described as “a random act of violence.”
Jurado’s baby did not survive the attack.
Jurado was taken to a nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later, the Salinas Police Department wrote on Facebook last week. Scheff was taken into custody roughly a block away from where Jurado was attacked.
“This is a senseless, violent crime,” Salinas Police Commander John Murray said. “Mariana did not know him at all.”
A neighbor, Monica Cardova, heard Jurado being attacked.
“Her screams were, honestly, something unexplainable,” she said.
While she was being transported for help, Jurado gave investigators a description of Scheff before she died. “She was telling us what happened,” Murray said, calling her “very brave.”
Scheff was charged with first-degree murder in Jurado’s death. Court records show the suspect’s criminal history dates back to the mid-1990s, and involves residential burglary, possession of a controlled substance, theft and other charges, according to The Californian.
In 2015, he was declared mentally unfit to stand trial in a previous criminal case, the news outlet reported.
Murray said additional charges could be filed against Scheff because Jurado was pregnant. As of Monday, he was being held on $1,015,000 bail.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.