CULVER CITY (CBS) — A transient was in custody Thursday for allegedly murdering a woman and an elderly man in Culver City, police said.

Zackariah Lehnen, 30, knew the victims, but the exact relationship was not disclosed by police.

Officers were called to the residence in the 4000 block of Huron Avenue near Washington Boulevard around 10 a.m. Tuesday after the bodies were discovered inside the elderly man’s home, Culver City police Lt. Milton McKinnon said.

KNX 1070 Reports.Police Won’t Say What Led Them To Transient Suspect

The victims were identified as 89-year-old Lucien Bergez and 27-year-old Erica Escobar of Santa Monica, said Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the coroner’s office.

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  1. Judy and Willy Goldsmith says:

    Lucien Bergez was a American Ex-POW from WW2. A member of our SFV
    Chapter and our friend as we knew him as George.
    A really great person always helping others even though he was almost blind.
    We at SFV chaper will miss him very much.
    No one should have harmed this proud XPOW, who was so proud to be a
    Veteran of WW2 and loved our country. It is a very sad day for us.

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