A Southern California man has been arrested and charged with murder after he allegedly beat a woman to death with a fire extinguisher early Sunday, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.
Dino Rojas-Moreno, 26, a bartender, is accused of approaching Tatum Goodwin, 27, as she was by her car in a parking lot in Laguna Beach around 1 a.m. and assaulting her, the prosecutor’s office said.
Rojas-Moreno then allegedly dragged the woman to a secluded area behind a movie theater that was under construction and beat her with the fire extinguisher, it said.
A motive was not clear from a statement from the district attorney’s office. It was not clear whether Rojas-Moreno and Tatum had any prior relationship, the office said.
A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said she could not comment on a possible motive. The case is still under investigation.
Goodwin’s family members told NBC Los Angeles that they are not familiar with Rojas-Moreno.
Rojas-Moreno is charged with murder, with enhancements of committing the murder in the commission of a kidnapping and for the personal use of a weapon, the district attorney’s office said.
The victim’s body was found at around 8:20 a.m. Sunday morning at the construction site, the district attorney’s office said.
Rojas-Moreno was arrested Wednesday in Laguna Hills, which is near Laguna Beach, and bail was set at $1 million, Laguna Beach police said in a statement.
“Detectives determined this was an isolated incident and there is no further threat to the community,” the police department said in the statement Wednesday.