ENCINO (CBSLA) — A 100-year-old man was found murdered in his home Thursday after a man went on a slashing spree in Encino, Los Angeles police said.
The incident began at 11:50 a.m. when LAPD officers responded to a call for an assault with a deadly weapon in the 4400 block of Coronet Drive.READ MORE: Man Fatally Shot In Officer-Involved Shooting In San Fernando
When officers arrived on scene, they found a man who had suffered minor injuries. Witnesses directed officers to a suspect, identified as 47-year-old Adam Dimmerman, who was taken into custody without incident.
“There was an officer that basically told me to stay indoors and there’s a guy with a machete who is walking around here,” David Ginsburg, a neighbor, said. “They just wanted us to be safe.”
Officers said an axe and a knife were recovered at the scene. The victim did not require treatment.
Police also said Dimmerman had a dog with him. Animal control was called to the scene and took the animal into protective custody.
However, about an hour later, officers responded to a home in the 17700 block of Alonzo Place, where a 100-year-old man was found dead from numerous contusions and lacerations, police said. Dimmerman is suspected in the slaying.
Family members identified the victim as Youssef Mahboubian and said he had been living on the secluded hilltop cul-de-sac for more than 30 years. His wife was the one who found him, they said.
“He was a great, great person,” Sam Shakib, Mahboubian’s nephew, said. “And I’m just broken.”READ MORE: Man Fatally Shot In Rowland Heights
Mahboubian’s family said he immigrated to the United States in the mid-70s from Iran during the revolution and was a well known importer in his homeland who raised a family that included three children.
“Funny man, he always crack joke,” Shakib said. “You could have sat with him and you laughed. He was full of life.”
He said his uncle’s was a life well-lived for more than 100 years.
“He was all together,” Shakib said. “He worked in the backyard every day. He planted fruit. He had a garden that he cared for every day.
Police announced late Thursday night Dimmerman was booked on suspicion of murder and was being held on $2 million bail.
Dimmerman is scheduled to be in court Monday. Shakib said he would be there.
“I’m going to go to court Monday to see this man,” he said. “That’s what I’m going to do.”
There was no word on a motive in the attacks.MORE NEWS: LAUSD Begins Phased-In Reopening Starting This Week
Anyone with information was asked to call Det. Steve Castro at 818-374-1925.