Authorities arrested a 21-year-old man Thursday in Texas on suspicion of stabbing a Rosemead couple to death in their bed.
The double-murder suspect’s 14-year-old girlfriend, and granddaughter to the slain couple, was also being held on suspicion of stealing a car and a credit card from the dead couple, authorities said.
Rodolfo Lopez is suspected of the murders of Jack Bezner, 71, and his wife Susan, 64, who were found fatally stabbed Monday, still lying in their bed in their home in the 4200 block of Arica Avenue, Lt. Michael Rosson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
Lopez is from the San Gabriel Valley, he said, though his specific city of residency was not available Thursday.
A Nissan Murano equipped with a LoJack tracking system the suspects allegedly stole from the Bezners led to their apprehension Wednesday, according to the lieutenant and El Paso Sheriff’s Department booking records.
“They found the car in El Paso, Texas,” Rosson said.
“Investigators alerted (Texas law enforcement officials) that the vehicle was equipped with LoJack,” he said.
After tracking down the car through it’s LoJack signal, Texas authorities found Lopez and the teenage girl driving in it, Rosson said.
“They were taken into custody without incident,” he added.
Though the teen girl was believed to have been present at the time of the killings, Rosson said, officials had not yet determined if she participated in the stabbings.
After Lopez and his young girlfriend were jailed in El Paso on suspicion of auto theft, Rosson said, two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives were sent to interview them regarding the Rosemead case.
Investigators announced the arrests after speaking with Lopez and the teenage girl.
A motive in the slaying was unclear, however investigators said it appeared the teen girl previously lived with the couple, but was kicked out of the house in the days leading up to the killings.
Family members of the Bezners could not be reached for comment.
The bodies were discovered by a family member about 8 p.m. Monday, still covered with a blanket and suffering from multiple stab wounds, Rosson said. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
There were no signs anyone had “forced entry” into the home, he added.
The stabbing were believed to have taken place just hours prior to the discovery of the bodies, he added.
The cause and time of death will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, Rosson said.
An autopsy on the Bezner’s was expected to be completed Friday, coroner’s Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said.
The juvenile grand theft suspect is expected to be returned to Los Angeles County within a few days, Rosson said.
Lopez will go through the extradition process, he added, and it may be weeks before he’s brought back to Los Angeles County.
According to court records, Lopez has no criminal history in Los Angeles County.
“We are saddened at the tragic loss of these two community members. Yet we know that the residents of the Rosemead area can rest a little easier tonight knowing that the suspects are in custody.”
*PHOTO of Rodolfo Lopez comes courtesy of the El Paso Sheriff’s Department.