Sylmar Man, 22, Charged in Stabbing Death of His Mother

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A 22-year-old Sylmar man has been charged with the stabbing death of his mother, authorities said.

Freddie Sanchez was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in the San Fernando branch of Los Angeles Superior Court, according to a statement from the L.A. County district attorney’s office.


Los Angeles police responded to a home in Sylmar on March 25, 2014, after a man allegedly stabbed his mother to death. (Credit: KTLA)

Officers responded  about 4:20 p.m.Tuesday to a residence in the 13900 block of Herron Street in Sylmar after calls to 911 gave conflicting information about a son and his mother attacking each other with a knife, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

When the officers arrived, they found 55-year-old Matilda Sanchez lying on the living room floor. She had been stabbed several times, police said. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

Freddie Sanchez, who was covered in blood, was detained and later arrested, the LAPD said.

Police believe he may have called 911 to implicate his mother as the aggressor.

“We have interviewed a witness, an uncle who lives in the home, who confirmed his nephew stabbed the woman,” Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division, said in a statement. “It’s especially tragic to deal with a scene where someone kills one’s parent. This is the third such murder in Sylmar in two years.”

A “large, bloody” butcher knife was discovered near Matilda Sanchez’s body, according to the LAPD. Detectives wrote a search warrant, which would allow them to seize the knife with less chance of a subsequent legal challenge, police said.

Officers had responded to the home recently after reports of the son kicking doors and setting fires, according to Vernon.

“The history of activity at the home will give us more insight as to what’s behind this tragic murder,” he said.

Freddie Sanchez faces a maximum sentence of 16 years to life if convicted, the statement said. He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.