Man, 22, Allegedly Tortured His Visiting Mother With Hammer, Killed Her in Downtown Apartment

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The 1300 block of Figueroa Street, where a woman's body was found in a apartment on Feb. 1, 2015, is shown. (Credit: Google Maps)

A 22-year-old man whose mother was visiting him in Los Angeles from Taiwan was charged Wednesday with torture and murder in her death, authorities said.

Chen Chao Ming was taken into custody after detectives spoke with him following a call about 8 p.m. Sunday to his apartment in the 1300 block of Figueroa Street (map) in downtown L.A., near the Staples Center and the convention center.

At the home, Ming’s 46-year-old mother, Yi Tung Weng, was pronounced dead, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Ming tortured and struck his mother with a hammer and then strangled her to death, LAPD said in a news release.

He was charged Tuesday with one count of capital murder with the special circumstance that the murder involved torture, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Ming was also charged with one count of animal cruelty for allegedly throwing his cat out of a window, the DA’s office said.

Weng was visiting her son from Taiwan, according to the DA’s office, which said she died of asphyxiation.

Ming’s arraignment was postponed Wednesday to Feb. 25. He was being held without bail, the DA’s office said.

There was no one by Ming’s name in county inmate records, so it was not clear where he was being held.