Police arrest man accused of beating woman and dragging body

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of a fatal hit-and-run in central California in which the victim’s body was dragged more than 8 miles (13 kilometers) was in critical condition after jumping from a three-story house as officers attempted to arrest him, authorities said.

Fresno Police Lt. Brian Valles told the Fresno Bee that 38-year-old Shawn Ginder was arrested by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office on Friday night.

Valles said Ginder jumped from the three-story home in Bass Lake, a town about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Fresno, the site of Friday’s hit-and-run, and was taken to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition. . condition.

The Fresno Police Department said in a social media post that the hit-and-run suspect was in the custody of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, but provided no information. A Sheriff’s Office dispatcher referred all questions to the Fresno Police Department, which did not immediately return messages seeking comment Saturday.

The victim in the hit-and-run was a 29-year-old woman who was pushing a shopping cart and had her dog on a leash when she was struck by a silver pickup truck at the intersection of Herndon and Millburn in Fresno, police said. saying. The truck driver did not stop and dragged the woman’s body several miles to a hotel parking lot.

At the hotel, the driver parked the truck, got out and went to the lobby to ask for a room, Fresno police said Friday. When the man was told there were no openings, he left and was walking back to his truck when another hotel guest saw the woman’s partial remains stick out from under the truck and called police.

Hours after the woman was found dead, officers located Ginder’s badly damaged truck at a Fresno apartment complex where Ginder lives, Valles said. Later Friday, deputies with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office found Ginder at the home in Bass Lake.

Police said the woman has been identified and is believed to be homeless, but her name will not be released at this time out of respect for her and her loved ones.

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