Man suspected of cutting elderly woman with saw in gated community

Police arrested a man after he reportedly attacked an elderly woman with a saw inside a Long Beach home Monday afternoon, according to authorities.

It’s not clear yet what led up to the attack, but it left the woman with a cut to her upper body that didn’t appear to be life-threatening and landed the 24-year-old man in custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

Police said they got involved shortly before 2 p.m. Monday when they were called to a home in the Island Village gated community, which is off Second Street on the easternmost edge of Long Beach.

After speaking to the woman, police surrounded the home where she was reportedly attacked, Long Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said.

Officers were able to get the suspect to come outside and arrest him without any problems, according to De Prez. Officers also found a hand saw that they booked into evidence, she said.

Police identified the man as Arthur Andrew, a 24-year-old Long Beach resident. He was booked into jail with a $50,000 bail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and making a criminal threat.

Police said Andrew and his victim know each other, but they did not disclose their exact relationship.

Medics took the woman to a local hospital in stable condition, police said.

Support our journalism.

Hyperlocal news is an essential force in our democracy, but it costs money to keep an organization like this one alive, and we can’t rely on advertiser support alone. That’s why we’re asking readers like you to support our independent, fact-based journalism. We know you like it—that’s why you’re here. Help us keep hyperlocal news alive in Long Beach.

Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.