A 24-year-old man was arrested Monday night following the fatal stabbing of his mother inside their Saugus home, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported.
Maria Acevedo, 56, was found stabbed to death in her home near Santa Clarita Monday afternoon. Her son, Jesse Lucatero, was arrested late Monday on a murder charge, sheriff's officials announced in a news release.
The deadly incident was reported about 12:50 p.m. in the 19500 block of Castille Lane in an unincorporated area just north of Santa Clarita.
Acevedo's husband called 911 after finding her with stab wounds to her upper torso, authorities said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Acevedo lived in the home with her husband and her son. The husband was also interviewed, but was not being considered a suspect or a person of interest, police said.
Authorities have apparently responded to the home at least twice in the last year, but did not say what the nature of those calls were.
Some neighbors said the son has exhibited bizarre behavior in the past.
"Out on the sidewalk and he was naked, and he was dancing naked," Sylvia Almeida, a neighbor who saw the son from time to time, said. "I stood there like a good half an hour speaking to him about going back inside and warning him if he didn't I'd have to call the cops. He ignored me and was in a daze like I didn't even exist."
Neighbors told KTLA Acevedo and her husband own Margarita's Mexican Grill in Valencia.
Neighbor Rudy Boqulren described the neighborhood as quiet.
“It’s sad that something happened here,” he said.
"It is so very, very shocking that he would possibly be the one that would have killed his own mother," neighbor Connie Green added.
Lucatero is being held in lieu of a $2 million bail, officials said.
No other information was released.