A Southern California man was 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 stood by her car in a parking lot in Laguna Beach around 1 a.m. and assaulting her, prosecutors said.
Rojas-Moreno allegedly dragged the woman to a secluded area behind a movie theater that was under construction and hit her with the fire extinguisher, he said.
The motive was not clear in a statement from the district attorney’s office. It was unclear whether Rojas-Moreno and Tatum had any prior relationship, the office said.
A spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office said she could not comment on a possible motive. The case is still under investigation.
Goodwin family members. told NBC Los Angeles who do not know Rojas-Moreno.
Rojas-Moreno is charged with murder, aggravated by committing murder in the commission of a kidnapping and personal use of a weapon, prosecutors said.
The victim’s body was found around 8:20 a.m. Sunday at the construction site, the district attorney’s office said.
Rojas-Moreno was arrested Wednesday in Laguna Hills, near Laguna Beach, and held on $1 million bail, Laguna Beach police said in a statement.
“Detectives determined that this was an isolated incident and that there are no further threats to the community,” the police department said in the declaration Wednesday.
Online court records did not show an attorney for Rojas-Moreno late Friday. An arraignment is scheduled for Monday, the district attorney’s office said.