The terrifying video captures the moment a woman used a pickaxe to smash several windows of a California home where a grandmother was babysitting a newborn.
It shows a woman, wearing a long gown and holding the weapon, assaulting a house on Asbury Drive in Pasadena on Monday and smashing a window unprovokedly.
A shriek can be heard coming from the grandmother.
As the unhinged attacker walks off with the pickaxe slung over her shoulder, she yells, “Questions? Questions? I’ll be back! Get out!”
Later, she returns brazenly and smashes several more windows.
At the time of the attack, Arman Tchoukadarian’s mother-in-law was watching his baby daughter, who was sleeping in a bassinet near a front window.
After the first window struck, the grandmother managed to remove the child in time, he said.
“If my mother-in-law didn’t act as fast as she did, my daughter wouldn’t be here,” Tchoukadarian told reporters.
“She broke one window, went back,” he said. “My mother-in-law came out screaming and yelling to get my attention.”
Police arrested Beverly Baker, 65, at her nearby Casa Grande Street home, where she refused to surrender for about 30 minutes before being arrested on felony vandalism charges, according to KTLA.
Tchoukadarian told the news outlet that police found her “nonchalant, walking with a pickaxe on her back like she had just finished using it.”.
The police have speculated that she may be suffering from a mental illness, although that has not been confirmed yet.
“I feel like we lost our safe place,” Tchoukadarian said. “She needs to be in the right place, getting the right help That’s no excuse to go attack someone’s family, attack someone’s newborn and ruin their dream home, and ruin their life and sanity.”
The family does not know who the woman is, other than that she lives nearby, according to news station KCAL.
It is estimated that the damage to the home northeast of downtown Los Angeles is approximately $20,000.
There are recent crime statistics indicate that several major US cities, including Los Angeles, are on track to surpass last year’s shocking levels of violent crime. According to the city’s police department, homicides have increased by 7% in the past year.