Man Charged in sledgehammer killing of woman at El Camino College


TORRANCE — A man arrested in connection with a sledgehammer attack on a woman at El Camino College in Torrance is set to be arraigned this month on a murder charge, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Dec. 28.

Jeffery Davis, 40, is charged with murder involving the Christmas Eve attack, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Davis is being held without bail while awaiting arraignment Jan. 17 in a Torrance court-room, jail records show.

The attack in the 16000 block of Crenshaw Boulevard, near Manhattan Beach Boulevard, was reported just after 7 a.m. Dec. 24, according to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The woman — who was believed to be collecting recyclable items — was taken to a hospital, where she died the following day. She has been identified by numerous reports as Junko Hanafusa, 65.

An investigation by the El Camino College Police Department and Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau led to Davis’ arrest near the campus, authorities said. It was unclear what motivated the attack.

Anyone with information regarding the killing was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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