BURBANK (CBSLA.com) — Homicide detectives continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman in Burbank and announced late Monday that they had made an arrest.
Burbank police said they made an arrest this afternoon hours after officers were sent to a home in the 1900 block of North Richard Street for report of a female not breathing.
Police identified the suspect as 49-year-old Brian Thomas Lowe, the homeowner of the residence where the woman was found.
Officers were sent to that home shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday.
Upon their arrival, authorities located a woman believed to be in her 30s suffering from multiple cuts to her upper body inside a bedroom. The exact cause of death is not being released.
Paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene. Her identity is being withheld pending family notification.
Based on the circumstances of the death, detectives were contacted and are currently investigating, police said.
Officials explained the victim appears to have been a guest, but was not a permanent resident. She is also not related to the homeowner, who reported the incident to officials.
Lowe and his mother, who both live at the house, had been brought in for questioning, and he was subsequently arrested. His bail had been set at $1 million. His arraignment has been scheduled for Wednesday.
Lowe’s mother late Monday defended her son, saying police had the wrong person.
“He didn’t do anything,” said Anna Rose Lowe, the suspect’s mother. She says there were multiple people at the home on Sunday night and said her son didn’t kill anyone.
“Because I know, I was here,” she said. When asked what did happen, she said: “I’m not gonna tell you.”
Neighbors, who didn’t want to go on camera, said police were frequently called to the home.
Detectives believe this is the first homicide within two years in Burbank. According to police, this case is being investigated as an isolated incident.
“Based on interviews, based on things that were collected at the crime scene, we were able to determine that he’s implicated in this situation,” Officer Joshua Kendrick of the Burbank Police Department said.
A motive for the crime was not immediately known and police have not recovered the weapon used. Police said there may be additional suspects.
Anyone with information regarding this incident has been urged to contact the Burbank Police Department at (818) 238-3223.