Son Confessed to Killing Mother, Assaulted Officer Before Arrest: Garden Grove Police

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The son of a 62-year-old woman found stabbed to death inside their Garden Grove apartment Tuesday night has been arrested following a nearly two-day search, Garden Grove police said in a news release.

Jonathan M. Warner is seen in this booking photo from the Garden Grove Police Department.
Jonathan M. Warner is seen in this booking photo from the Garden Grove Police Department.

Vivian Wolff was found dead with multiple stab wounds around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, inside a bedroom in a condominium at 4090 Flower St.  which she shared with her son, 28-year-old Jonathan Michael Warner, police said. She had been dead for at least 24 hours, the coroner told investigators.

At the time, investigators were initially unable to locate Warner, and said they considered him a person of interest in the case.

A witness who had seen news reports about Warner spotted him at the intersection of Ninth and College streets in Garden Grove around 1:45 p.m. Thursday and called police.

When police arrived and approached Warner, he assaulted an officer and fled on foot. After a brief chase, he was taken into custody.

Warner confessed to the murder of his mother, police said.

Warner was booked at Orange County Jail.

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