Los Angeles police are investigating whether several pit bulls seized from a man suspected of growing marijuana in his home were responsible for attacking and killing a 63-year-old woman on her morning walk Thursday.
The victim was identified Friday as Pamela Maria Devitt, of Littlerock, a high-desert community about 65 miles northeast of Los Angeles in the Antelope Valley. She died in an ambulance on the way to a local hospital.
The dogs dragged Devitt 50 yards, “scalped” her and ripped off one arm, a spokesman for county Supervisor Michael Antonovich told KCAL-TV.
The fatal attack is being investigated as a possible homicide.
Alex Jackson, 29, was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana at the house where the dogs were seized. He is a “person of interest” in Devitt’s death, said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore.