November 26, 2014
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - San Bernardino police say they've arrested a 47-year-old transient on suspicion of the beating death of a homeless woman.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/W0sOrd ) Jamie Farron Putman was arrested after the body was discovered Monday morning.
Lt. Gary Robertson says Putman told officers that he was defending himself from the woman, who he'd been hanging out with for at least a couple of days.
The victim is a 37-year-old woman with bleached blond hair who may have been a resident of Hesperia. Her body was discovered by a pedestrian who alerted authorities.
Robertson says Putman, who was nearby, acknowledged being with the woman and involvement in her death.
County prosecutors will decide whether to press charges.