A man initially considered a person of interest in the deaths of his grandparents has been arrested on suspicion of murder, Glendale police said Friday.
Nathaniel Scheiern, 34, was taken into custody Thursday around 6:30 p.m. and booked at a Glendale jail on two counts of murder, according to Sgt. Robert William of the Glendale Police Department.
He was then transferred to Los Angeles County Jail due to injuries the suspect previously sustained in a solo-vehicle car crash, William added.
Scheiern had already been hospitalized for several days when investigators interviewed him about the case, according to a Friday morning news release from Glendale police. His injuries were described as significant but not considered to be life threatening.
The decomposing bodies of Scheiern’s grandparents were found inside a home in the 600 block of Alexander Street on Sunday morning when Glendale officers went to perform a welfare check, police said.
The elderly couple had apparently been dead for at least 24 hours by the time officers arrived.
The younger Scheiern was not at home when the bodies were discovered. Detectives believe that the grandparents were killed some time before the car crash, according to the release.
Neighbors have identified the victims as Bill and Verna Scheiern, but their names were not immediately released by authorities. The L.A. County coroner’s office described the victims as being in their late 70s and 80s.
On Monday, a friend of the family said the couple took in their grandson about a year ago because he was “troubled.” Prior to moving to Glendale, the younger Scheiern had lived in Colorado, according to family friend Jim Stone.
Neighbors reported hearing loud arguments coming from the couple’s home. They said the fights were over money.
Nathaniel Scheiern had not been seen at the house recently, according to neighbors.
Prior to the grandson’s arrest, police said they had been investigating the couple’s deaths as homicides. It was still not known how they died.
The case will be presented early next week to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.
KTLA’s Alberto Mendez contributed to this story.