LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- A celebrity Hollywood therapist who died after an apparent fall from a three-story balcony had an expired restraining order against an ex-boyfriend suspected of killing her, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Gareth Pursehouse, 41, was arrested on suspicion of killing 38-year-old Amie Harwick, who was found outside her Hollywood Hills home suffering from grave injuries early Saturday morning, LAPD said in a news release.
Harwick had "expressed fear" about her former boyfriend, whom she had seen just two weeks before she died, according to police.
She had applied for two orders of protection against Pursehouse, first in 2011 and then again in 2012, the Los Angeles Times reported. She didn't show up for a hearing on the first order and a judge dismissed it.
Officers responded to her home in the 2000 block of Mounds Street early Saturday after getting a call about a woman heard screaming.
They arrived to find Harwick's roommate in the street and he told them that she was being assaulted inside the home and that he had to jump a wall and run into a neighboring home for help, according to the news release. That's when officers found the badly injured woman under the balcony and took her to a hospital where she later died.
An autopsy determined Harwick died from "blunt force injuries of the head and torso," according to Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner records. The death was ruled a homicide.