Family Member Arrested in Fatal Beating of Glendale 84-Year-Old

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A family member has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the fatal beating of an 84-year-old Glendale man, police said Tuesday.


Ruben Sanchez, 84, was fatally beaten in his Glendale home. (Credit: DMV)

Ruben Sanchez was found by a grandchild having been severely beaten at his first-floor apartment in the 1800 block of West Glenoaks Boulevard after a 911 call at about 5:30 a.m. Monday, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A relative identified as James Adrian Sanchez, 22, was arrested by Glendale police and U.S. marshals in El Cajon early Tuesday and booked into Glendale City Jail on suspicion of murder, authorities said.

The exact relationship between the victim and the suspect was not specified by police. The family member did not live with the victim and was not the grandchild who found him beaten,  Tahnee Lightfoot of the Glendale Police Department said in an email.

Police initially said that the scene appeared to be a burglary that ended in an assault, but said there were no signs of forced entry.

Detectives identified James Sanchez as a suspect. He was arrested by Glendale police with help from the U.S. Marshals Service in El Cajon.

No motive has been released in the killing, the first “reportable homicide” in Glendale since 2009, according to police.


Ruben Sanchez is shown in a photo provided by a family friend.

An arraignment was expected Thursday, though police had yet to present the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Police were still asking for members of the public with any information on the case to call homicide detectives at 818-548-3987.

Correction: This story originally stated incorrectly that the location where the suspect was arrested was near the U.S.-Mexico border. In fact, El Cajon is east of San Diego, nearly 20 miles from the border.


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