PICO RIVERA – Deputies held a Pico Rivera man in custody Thursday after he allegedly got upset with his 76-year-old grandmother and stabbed her multiple times, critically wounding her.
Joseph Torres, 22, got into an argument with his grandmother about 8:30 p.m. at the home where they both live in the 5500 block of Bridgeview Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
“She offered to get him help from the hospital because he’s had mental issues in the past. That is what set him off,” Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
The alleged attack was reported by Torres’ grandfather, who called 9-1-1, “after he walked into a front room of the residence and discovered his wife had been stabbed numerous times by their live-in 22 year-old grandson, Joseph Torres,” Mendoza said. “According to the grandfather, his grandson had been standing near his grandmother with a knife in his hand when he walked into the room.”
Two deputies responding to the call saw Torres on the front porch and detained him, officials said. The knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was found in a basket on the porch.
The wounded woman was hospitalized and remained listed in critical condition Friday, Mendoza said.
Smith said her condition appeared to be improving Thursday, and detectives were hoping to be able to interview her.
Torres was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and was being held in lieu of $1.01 million bail pending a scheduled arraignment today in Whittier Superior Court, according to sheriff’s officials and county booking records.
He was transferred Thursday from the jail at the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station to Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles, where he was sent for psychiatric evaluation after making statements indicating he wanted to harm himself, officials said.
PHOTO of Joseph Torres courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department