SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KTLA) — A San Bernardino man was under arrest on Friday after he allegedly stabbed his sister-in-law to death and wounded his wife and son, police said.
Police responded to a domestic dispute call sometime after 6 p.m. on Thursday at a home in the 2300 block of N. Davidson Drive.
Officers found a man in the backyard carrying a machete and covered in blood, police said.
He was identified as 46-year-old Jorge Alberto Palomo. He was taken into custody without incident.
The suspect’s sister-in-law, 61-year-old Ana Maria Ramirez, was found stabbed in the driveway, police said.
She was transported to an area hospital, where she later died.
The suspect’s wife, 49-year-old Sonia Palomo, was stabbed in the chest and their 15-year-old son was slashed, police said.
The wounded son ran to a neighbor’s house for help.
“Some young man came knocking on my door covered in blood, saying his aunt’s dead, call 911,” neighbor Jesse Marquez recalled.
“I come outside, and I see his dad with a machete, covered in blood, and his sister-in-law dead,” he said.
Both the wife and the teenage boy were taken to the hospital, where she remained. The son was treated and released, authorities said.
There was also a second child inside the home at the time, according to police.
However, no information was immediately released about the condition or whereabouts of that child.
Evidence recovered at the scene indicated that the suspect may have also been trying to set the house on fire, investigators said.
The motive for the alleged attack remained under investigation, police said.
A neighbor who did not want to be identified told KTLA that the suspect had lost his job and car and was about to lose his house as well.
He also said that the couple had a history of problems, and that police had been called to the house several times before.