Police Investigate Homicide After Rialto Apartment Fire

Police Investigate Homicide After Rialto Apartment Fire

Police say Rosa Hernandez, 74, was killed in her Rialto apartment before it was set on fire.Police say Rosa Hernandez, 74, was killed in her Rialto apartment before it was set on fire
RIALTO, Calif. — Police are investigating the possible murder of an elderly woman after a fire broke out early Saturday morning at an apartment complex in Rialto.

Police say Rosa Hernandez, 74, was killed in her Rialto apartment before it was set on fire.

KTLA News10:27 p.m. PDT, November 3, 2012

RIALTO, Calif. (KTLA) — Police are investigating the possible murder of an elderly woman after a fire broke out early Saturday morning at an apartment complex in Rialto.

Detectives believe the fire was intentionally set after the woman, Rosa Hernandez, 74, was killed.

Hernandez’s wounds led investigators to believe she was severely beaten, police said.


“Basically, the female had some extensive upper body trauma that was very inconsistent with a fire,” said Sgt. Richard Royce. “So we believe that was a homicide and maybe the arson was to cover up that fact.”

Royce said investigators also believe Hernandez was either the apartment complex manager or was acting in that capacity.

Dispatchers received reports of the fire about 2:20 a.m. at the complex in the 600 block of S. Riverside Avenue.

Firefighters found one of the downstairs units ablaze with a heavy amount of smoke, officials said. The fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes.

Only one apartment was damaged and an adjacent office and apartment received minor fire and smoke damage.

Neighbors removed Hernandez from the apartment before firefighters arrived. Paramedics declared her dead at the scene.

One woman was removed from the residence by neighbors before firefighters arrived and was later declared dead by paramedics.

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