PALMDALE – A woman was found stabbed to death in a Palmdale home Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The incident happened at a residence in the 38000 block of 3rd Street East, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau.
“Detectives have learned that at approximately 1:30 p.m., Palmdale Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to the location regarding a ‘person not breathing’ call. When deputies arrived, they found the victim in her residence with apparent stab wounds to the upper torso,” homicide detectives said in a press release.
According to witness statements, the victim was fighting with her boyfriend earlier in the day. However, when deputies arrived, the boyfriend was no longer at the scene, detectives said.
Homicide detectives have identified the boyfriend, Jose Martinez, as a “person of interest”. He is described as a 36-year-old Hispanic male from the Palmdale area. He is believed to be driving a 2008 4-door Nissan Altima, blue in color, California license plate No. 6FFP144.
“There have been previous disputes at this location,” said Lt. Holly Francisco.
The victim’s name has not yet been released; however, neighbors said she was in her 40s.
“She was really nice, and I’m going to miss her,” said the victim’s neighbor, Manuel. “We used to go to her house all the time to visit her mother. It was just horrible what happened today, and I can’t believe it happened to her.”
The woman’s mother came home, found the body and made the 911 call, detectives said.
Third Street East was blocked off, from Avenue Q to Q-2, all afternoon and into Saturday evening as homicide detectives conducted their investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of Jose Martinez is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
UPDATED 9/21/14: Jose Martinez was arrested around 11:10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 on suspicion of murder, according to Sheriff’s officials. He is being held on $1 million bail.
UPDATED 9/22/14: The victim has been identified as 49-year-old Magda Sayon Bermudez of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
UPDATED 9/24/14: Jose Martinez on Tuesday (Sept. 23) was charged with one count of murder with an allegation of the use of a knife. Martinez also has prior felony convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, extortion and robbery, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. He appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom Tuesday; however, his arraignment was postponed to Monday, Oct. 6.
UPDATED 10/6/14: Jose Martinez appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom today; however, his arraignment was postponed to October 28.