RICHMOND -- An 82-year-old woman who was beaten and sexually assaulted on her daily walk in January died of her injuries Tuesday, and police are still seeking the public's help in locating her attacker.
Sun Kwon was found, bloodied and beaten, around 9:15 a.m. Jan. 28 in a side parking lot at a tire store in the 10700 block of San Pablo Avenue. Police said her attacker or attackers had severely punched or kicked her head and may have used old tires to hide her body until she was found by a store employee.
Kwon was in critical condition ever since the attack and was not able to speak to detectives, according to Richmond police Lt. Bisa French.
"We're hoping the suspect at this point has spoken to somebody or just mentioned part of it," French said. "We have nothing to go on at this point, and we really want to find the person responsible for this brutal attack."
Kwon, a resident at an assisted-living facility on San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito, took a walk early every morning, according to a Richmond police detective.
A police search of the area after Kwon was found did not turn up suspects, witnesses or useful surveillance footage.
There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Anyone with any information, who frequents the area in the early morning, or who knew Kwon from her morning walks is asked to call Richmond police at 510-233-1214. Anonymous tips can be left at
Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.