Man Accused of Taking Possibly Dead Mother Into Bank Arrested in Pomona
A man who allegedly wheeled his possibly deceased mother into a Minnesota bank to withdraw money in her name in 2015 was arrested in Pomona Thursday on charges of financial exploitation and criminal neglect, according to authorities.
David John Vanzo, 57, was taken into custody on a warrant about 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the 1400 block of Cleveland Street, the Pomona Police Department said in a news release.
The arrest came after they received information from the Plymouth Police Department that a wanted person from their jurisdiction was believed to be living in the eastern Los Angeles County city.
Vanzo was wanted by Plymouth police in connection to alleged elderly abuse and neglect of his mother, authorities said. She was 90 years old when she died on Jan. 5, 2015, according to a warrant posted online in February.
The suspect was accused of bilking his mother out of $260,000 while failing to provide her necessary health care. The elderly woman suffered from malnutrition and dehydration, according to the medical examiner.
The warrant only identified the victim as C.V., but Minneapolis-area television station KMSP identified her as Caryl Vanzo.
When Plymouth police discovered the victim, she was lying in a urine-soaked bed in the home she shared with her son, according to the warrant. Caryl Vanzo was covered in feces and had extreme bed sores on her body.
“The Medical Examiner advised the pain associated with the sores would have been excruciating and unbearable,” the warrant said.
Her son may have been watching porn at the time, as investigators searching the home found pornographic material playing on a computer, with the keyboard “completely covered in thick layers of undetermined substances.”
The home was filthy and littered with debris and trash, authorities said. The house smelled of urine and feces.
Just six hours before reporting her death, Vanzo allegedly took his mother to a Wells Fargo bank branch to withdraw $850 in her name, the warrant alleged.
Bank employees told police that the woman was slumped over and unresponsive in her wheelchair, with her feet dragging against the floor, according to the warrant. They were unsure if she was breathing.
By the time police arrived at the home, Caryl Vanzo had been dead between four and six hours, the medical examiner said.
It was unknown whether she was already dead by the time she was taken to the bank.
Over the course of several years, investigators believe Vanzo took out a reverse mortgage on the home, and depleted the victim’s bank accounts and retirement funds, the warrant showed. The money was purportedly used to pay for sports gambling, and online sex and porn.
Vanzo allegedly visited a variety of dating, pornographic and classified websites that advertised escort services, according to the warrant.
In an interview with the television station back in January 2015, Vanzo denied the allegations.
“My mother and I had an agreement,” he told KMSP. “I took care of my mom for years, I’m the good guy here, not the bad guy.”
Pomona officers located Vanzo on Thursday morning at 1495 Cleveland St., the release stated. He cooperated with investigators and was arrested.
He is being held at the Pomona Police Department on a $500,000 warrant pending extradition back to Minnesota.