In a shocking turn of events, 26-year-old Dino Rojas-Moreno has been charged with the murder of 27-year-old Tatum Goodwin in California. The victim was allegedly brutally beaten with a fire extinguisher, her lifeless body discovered under a chain link fence near a construction site in Laguna Beach.
Rojas-Moreno, arrested on Wednesday, now faces a series of charges, including “special circumstances murder for beating a 27-year-old woman to death with a fire extinguisher,” according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The charges also include committing the murder during a kidnapping and the personal use of a weapon.
Goodwin’s body was found on Nov. 12, concealed under a sandbag, near the 200 block of Ocean Avenue, not far from the restaurant where she worked. Authorities allege that Rojas-Moreno approached Goodwin in a parking lot around 1 a.m. on Nov. 11, assaulted her, and then dragged her to a secluded area behind a construction site.
The gruesome details reveal that Rojas-Moreno is accused of fatally beating Goodwin with a fire extinguisher. The motive behind the attack remains unclear, with authorities stating that it is still under investigation.
While the accused claimed to have been attacked by several men in Santa Ana, he failed to show up for work on the day of the murder. The victim’s family, as reported by NBC Los Angeles, expressed unfamiliarity with Rojas-Moreno, leaving questions about any prior relationship between him and Goodwin.
Laguna Beach Police Department, Laguna Beach Detectives, Newport Beach, and Anaheim Police Departments collaborated in Rojas-Moreno’s arrest. He is currently held on a $1,000,000 bail, and authorities assure the community that it was an isolated incident with no further threat.
As the case unfolds, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office emphasizes the commitment to ensuring justice for the senseless crime. Friends and family remember Goodwin as a kind-hearted person, prompting a GoFundMe campaign by her employer to support memorial services.