MISSION HILLS — A 22-year-old man was arrested Sunday for stabbing his grandmother to death, possibly with a long barbecue fork, police said Sunday
Police said they were called to a home at 9 a.m. in the 11000 block of Rincon Avenue in Mission Hills.
An argument had escalated into physical violence, which resulted in the grandmother's death, police said. Police didn't release the grandmother's name.
There may also have been a connection to narcotics, said Sgt. Wes Albin of the LAPD's Mission station.
"It's always especially sad and tragic when a child kills the person who raised them," said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the LAPD's Mission Detective Division. "And as violent street crime has dropped in recent years, it's these inner-family murders that tend to stand out more, not that they are happening any more, but they are no longer overshadowed by the street crime."
Police said Joe Calderon and his grandparents had an argument in the Rincon home where they all lived. The nature of the argument was unclear, police said. Early Sunday morning, the grandfather went to work, and the previous argument apparently resumed between Calderon and his grandmother, police said.
Police were called sometime before 9 a.m.
"The grandmother had called a daughter and told her Calderon was hitting her again," police said in a statement. "The relative drove to the Rincon Avenue home, near San Fernando High
The woman escaped and called police.
Police arrived and entered the home to check on the grandmother and found her in the kitchen, dead of apparent stab wounds. Paramedics confirmed the woman's condition.
A long barbecue fork near the body as well as some other edged weapons possibly used in the stabbing were found by police.
"The fork appeared to have blood on the prongs," Vernon said. "We'll have to examine it forensically to know for sure."
Police sought a search warrant to enter the home to seize the evidence, according to a statement.
"This is routine to protect the suspect's rights and ensure the evidence we seize is allowed in court," Vernon said.
Calderon was arrested and booked for murder. His bail was set at $1 million.