Coroner: Elderly robbery victim suffered 'sudden cardiac death'

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An elderly woman is robbed Sunday night, Aug. 19, 2012, outside a northeast Bakersfield grocery store. The woman later died.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Kern County coroner's office labeled the death of an elderly robbery victim a homicide.

An autopsy showed 71-year-old Guadalupe Ramos suffered emotion-precipitated sudden cardiac death, the coroner's office said Wednesday. She also suffered blows to her trunk and extremities.

Ramos died Aug. 19 after she was robbed of a gold chain in the parking lot of the Foods Co. grocery store on Haley Street.

The suspect, 26-year-old Maxamillion McDonald, was arrested within a day after police quickly distributed a computer-generated composite.

Investigators said Ramos was approached from behind by the suspect as she left the grocery store. When he allegedly ripped the gold chain from her neck, she fell backwards. Ramos was taken by ambulance to Kern Medical Center, where she died.