LANCASTER – A juvenile has been arrested for allegedly murdering an elderly woman at her Lancaster home Thursday, homicide detectives announced Friday morning.
The victim, a female in her 80s, was found dead with apparent stab wounds around 7:10 p.m. Thursday, June 18, in the 44600 block of Stillwater Drive, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“Deputies from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station responded to the location regarding a call of an ‘open window’ at the residence. Upon arrival, deputies entered the home and found the woman unresponsive and suffering from what appeared to be cut wounds about her upper torso,” the sheriff’s news release states.
Paramedics responded and pronounced the woman dead at the location.
“During their investigation, detectives were told by witnesses in the neighborhood that a person matching the description of the suspect was possibly hiding in the bushes,” sheriff’s officials said in the news release.
Lancaster patrol deputies responded to the area and detained a juvenile who was hiding in the bushes, and the juvenile was positively identified by the witnesses, according to homicide detectives.
“Detectives conducted an interview of the juvenile. He was arrested for murder and [is] currently being held with no bail,” the sheriff’s news release states.
The juvenile was booked at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station and transported to Sylmar Juvenile Hall for housing.
The investigation is still ongoing, and there is no additional information at this time, homicide detectives said Friday morning.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
UPDATE: The suspect is a 14-year-old boy, according to a report by City News Service.
UPDATE: The victim has been identified at 86-year-old Annie Bell of Lancaster, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.