VAN NUYS (CBSLA) — A man was arrested Monday on suspicion of killing his mother after pushing her out a second-story window in Van Nuys, police said.

It happened at about 3 a.m. in the 7400 block of Hazeltine Avenue at their apartment building the two had shared for about 10 years.

Police said Carlota Vargas, 70, and her son were arguing when he pushed her.

After she landed on the pavement, Fernando Vargas, 40, then jumped from the window and beat his mother while she lay on the ground, Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman said.

Friends were shocked and devastated after learning about Vargas’ violent death.

Erika Lehmann was beside herself when she learned the bad news. “God bless her. She’s up there with him,” she wept.

“She’s nice. She’s happy. She’s friendly,” said Solange Lehmann, adding that Fernando was not like the boy she knew growing up.

Former neighbor, Sheila Tucker, said Vargas was devoted to her son, always cooking for him and doing everything he needed.

“Everything is my son, my son. Every word came out of her mouth was my son,” Tucker recalled.

The suspect was treated for an ankle injury and was booked on suspicion of murder.

Police said he was being tested for drugs.

Comments (15)
  1. No Brainer says:

    Very disturbing !!! He should be sentenced to death !!! By firing squad !!!

  2. travel6188 says:

    Since when is 71 years old elderly????

  3. TruthInSpending says:

    The son committed defenestration. The act of throwing someone out a window. Been my favorite word for decades. It comes from the Latin word fenestra, a window or opening, and the de, meaning out of.

  4. ZumaMom says:

    Remember when living in the Valley was peaceful and safe?
    Demographics have changed, and those days are long gone.

  5. Alex M Lopez says:

    Come on Bro The One Mother Who Bought You Into This World And Gave Unconditional Love You Like No Other Feed You Put A Roof Over Your 40 Year MAN Thats If You Want To Call Yourself A MAN Doesn’t Push His Elderly Mom Thursday April 2 Story Windows Then Goes Down To Finish The Poor Mother For Her Last Breath All I KNOW Karma Is A B???? And Some Where You Are Going You Better Lock It Down They Are Not To Kind For Someone Who’s Kills His Own Mother Better Hide Under A Rock That’s If You Find One Nomore Freedom Bro BUBBA Will Be Waited At The Gate.