According to Deadline, Harwick's roommate escaped their apartment by jumping over a wall and then going to their neighbours to call the police to inform them that a ex-boyfriend was attacking Harwick, 38. When officers arrived, they were met by her roommate in the street. Per the release, she was "gravely injured" and "unresponsive". "She suffered significant injuries consistent with a fall".
According to Lon Angeles Police Department, the family therapist was found unconscious below a third-floor balcony at her Hollywood Hills home on Saturday, and passed away while she was being rushed to the hospital.
An FBI-LAPD Task Force arrested Gareth Pursehouse, 41, on Saturday afternoon, the statement said.
"Detectives learned that the victim had recently expressed fear about a former boyfriend and had previously filed a restraining order against this person", the LAPD said.
Police said it appeared there was forced entry to her home and evidence of a struggle upstairs. The restraining order had expired and the two had seen one another in the past few weeks, police said. A canvass of the area located further evidence of an intruder entering the property and leaving after the incident.
She earned her master's degree from Pepperdine University in clinical psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy. She authored the book The New Sex Bible for Women. The pair announced their engagement in early 2018 but it wasn't meant to be as they split up less than a year later.
Clients and friends mourned her death. We spoke in detail about my past history [with] domestic abuse. "Her work changed my life". It's unclear when the relationship ended. Entertainment Hub sends deep condolences to Harwick's family and friends at this hard time.
After being arrested and interrogated on Saturday afternoon, Pursehouse was booked into LA County Jail and is now being held on $2 million bail, according to inmate records.