A California man, Fernando Vargas, 41, is in police custody after he allegedly pushed his 71-year-old mother, Carlota Vargas, to her death from a bedroom window on the second-floor in their Van Nuys home, reported NBC Los Angeles.
Las Angeles police officials were dispatched to a home in the 7400 block of Hazeltine Avenue at around 2:50 a.m. Monday after receiving a domestic violence call.
Upon arrival, police discovered the elderly woman lying on the ground in front of an apartment building, suffering life-threatening injuries to her face.
Carlota’s son was also discovered at the scene, suffering an ankle injury.
Paramedics rushed the woman to the Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, but she was pronounced dead just shortly after arrival.
It was later alleged that during a heated argument between Fernando and his elderly mother, he pushed her out of the bedroom window of the second-story home they shared for over a decade.
Carlota landed on the pavement.
Neighbors said after Fernando had pushed his mother, he jumped out of the same window and began stomping on his mother’s head as she lay helplessly on the ground.
Fernando was arrested on suspicion of murder after he was transported to a local hospital for an injury he reportedly sustained during the jump.
Nancy Ochoa, who witnessed the tragedy, said: “I got up, looked out the window and that’s when I saw her being thrown from the window, and he jumped out right after that. It was horrible.”
She went on to say that several neighbors were pleading with the man to stop, but “he said that she was going to die anyway and it didn’t matter if he stomped on her,” said Ochoa.
Another neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said “I was really scared at the time it was happening, seeing all that. The woman coming out the window, and then him jumping out and stomping on her was horrible.”
LAPD Detective Mark O’Donnell, who was at the scene, told reporters that the incident was “pretty strange, it’s pretty heinous, especially when you’re talking about elderly victims, and compounded with the fact that it looks like the victim’s son is the suspect in this case.”
Family friend Erika Lehmann told reporters that she was surprised, adding that she “would never think this would happen. She [Carlota] loved her son and her son loved her.”
After learning Fernando allegedly pushed his mother to her death, Carlota’s friends were devastated and described her as an “outgoing and friendly woman,” who “always smiled, wore makeup, and looked good and everything was a party.”
“She was a very lovely person and had quite a few friends. You could imagine when she was younger, she could stop traffic.”
Tucker went on to say that Carlota “really loved her son. He was very catered to by his mother. He was spoiled. I never really heard any fights. But there was something going on. An issue.”
In a Facebook post, Silvia Greco wrote: “This world is becoming so pathetic. What the h*** is in the air? These stories are an everyday thing, parents killing their kids or vice versa — it just needs to stop if perhaps we had a stiffer justice system. People would think twice, I don’t know what the solution is but it’s just sickening.”
“What goes through people’s head today that makes them do such things,” asked Facebook user Tiffany Crane. “It is sad that the world is coming to this. I couldn’t imagine treating another human or anything else this way.”
Sandra C. Williams added “I miss my mom. What I wouldn’t do to have her back living. This fool! No matter what your parents do, you still have to honor them. If it’s that bad, then just leave and don’t socialize with them if that the case but killing your parent, that’s straight to h*** for you buddy.”
Fernando is being held at the county jail on a $2 million bond.
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