SANTEE (CNS) - An Arizona woman was behind bars in San Diego County Tuesday on suspicion of fatally beating a stranger at a Sorrento Valley hotel over the Labor Day weekend.
Donna Louise Powell, 40, was booked into Las Colinas women's jail in Santee on Monday on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 42-year-old Pamela Guziak.
Powell allegedly inflicted a serious head injury on Guziak during a Sept. 1 fight at the lodge in the 10000 block of Pacific Mesa Boulevard, where both women were staying.
The next day, hotel employees found Guziak unconscious on the floor of her room. Medics took her to a hospital, where she died of a brain hemorrhage several days later, San Diego police Lt. Jorge Duran said.
Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Powell on Nov. 1. She was arrested last Wednesday in Glendale, Ariz., where she lives with her husband and at least one child, the lieutenant said.
It was unclear what led to the alleged dispute between Powell, who was vacationing at the time, and Guziak, who had been living at the hotel for several months. The women apparently had not met previously, Duran said.
Officers responded to an emergency call reporting the fracas but made no immediate arrests.
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