Ernest Michael Valdes, 71
Ernest Michael Valdes, a 71-year-old Latino, was fatally injured on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the 10 block of Blackbird Lane in Pomona, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Valdes was at home with his two adult sons, in the townhouse where they all lived, when he got into an argument with one of his sons about 9:30 a.m., said Pomona police Sgt. Jon Edson.
The son, Sergio Valdes, 43, “was alleging that his father took his wallet,” Edson said.
At some point during the argument, Sergio Valdes allegedly got a meat cleaver and began attacking his father, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Sergio’s brother came downstairs when he heard the commotion and tried to stop the assault, Edson said, and Sergio walked out of the house. His brother and a neighbor both called 911.
Ernest Valdes was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:47 a.m., according to coroner’s records. He had wounds all over his torso, according to coroner’s records and the cause of death was listed as multiple sharp force injuries.
Shortly after they were called to the scene, Pomona police officers found Sergio Valdes walking down the street about three blocks from his home and arrested him, Edson said.
“He was covered in blood,” Edson said. “He didn’t try to run or get away.”
Sergio Valdes was charged with murder and elder abuse on Oct. 4, according to the prosecutor’s news release. His arraignment was rescheduled for Nov. 1, in the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Pomona Courthouse South in Room EAF. He is being held in lieu of $2-million bail.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Pomona police investigators at (909) 620-2085. Those wishing to remain anonymous should all Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.