Arrest made in alleged Foods Co. robbery, murder

Arrest made in alleged Foods Co. robbery, murder
Police release a composite image of the man suspected of robbing an elderly woman Sunday night, Aug. 19, 2012, outside a northeast Bakersfield grocery store. The woman later died, though authorities haven't specified what killed the woman. She fell during the robbery.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Police have made an arrest in Sunday night's alleged murder of an elderly woman outside the Foods Co. grocery store on Haley Street.

Police said they were able to identify 26-year-old Maxamillion McDonald as the suspect following the release of a composite to the public through information gathered from an anonymous caller and a second victim from an earlier robbery that went unreported.

McDonald was booked into the Kern County jail on suspicion of murder, two counts of robbery and elder abuse with great bodily injury.

The woman, who died after being robbed of her gold necklace, was identified Monday by coroner's investigators as 71-year-old Guadalupe Ramos, of Shafter.

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