The unprovoked crime occurred at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the lower-level parking structure at the mall in the 200 block of North Glendale Avenue, police said.
“The suspect was standing next to several bags and appeared to be smoking narcotics when the victim walked by,” police said in a statement. “The suspect quickly walked up to the victim and struck her in the side of the head with (his or her) right hand.”
The woman kept walking, and the suspect walked away from her.
On Friday, the suspect was identified as 33-year-old Margarida Eshan of Glendale.
Police say Eshan has a criminal history. She was found to be in possession of social security and EBT cards belonging to other people, as well as heroin. Investigators added there were multiple outstanding warrants for battery, identify theft, and possession of a controlled substance. She is currently in custody on bail due to her warrants.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call police at 818- 548-4911 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
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