Woman allegedly strangled by husband in Montebello identified

MONTEBELLO — Authorities Wednesday identified a 63-year-old woman allegedly strangled to death by her husband at their apartment in a senior citizens’ complex earlier this week.
Anahit Hayrapetyan was pronounced dead at the scene after rescuers found her unconscious and not breathing shortly after 11 a.m. Monday at the couple’s home in the 2000 block of West Whittier Boulevard, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials.
She appeared to have been strangled, however an autopsy had not been completed Wednesday, coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
Her husband, 72-year-old Baghdo Hayrapetyan, was found at the scene suffering from self-inflicted stab wound and hospitalized in critical condition, sheriff’s officials said.
He was booked on suspicion of murder Tuesday afternoon at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center jail ward, according to county booking records.
A motive in the alleged killing was not released.
Baghdo Hayrapetyan was being held in lieu of $1 million bail and was scheduled for arraignment Thursday in East Los Angeles Superior Court, records show, though it was unclear if his medical condition would allow the hearing to go forward.
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