Witness Sees Altadena Pair Stabbed to Death During Zoom Meeting, Calls Police

A witness who reported the alleged double murder of a man and a woman in their California home told police they watched the ordeal unfold over Zoom.

The victims, both of whom were Black and aged in their 60s, were found dead at a home on the 3100 block of North Marengo Avenue in Altadena, northeast of Los Angeles, on Monday.

The incident was reported at about 2:45 p.m. local time on Monday and thought to be regarding a possible kidnapping, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Arriving officers found the body of a man in the driveway with several stab wounds. Inside the home they found a woman also dead at the scene. Investigators learned that the woman was on a Zoom call with a colleague at the time of the attack.

"The Zoom caller witnessed the attack on both the male and female and called 911 to report the crime," Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

The witness reportedly attempted to alert the woman before the pair were both fatally stabbed to death.

"The person that the lady was still talking to on the Zoom with when the male was dragged out of the house, that alerted her and the suspect went inside and attacked her," Lieutenant Barry Hall of the Sheriff's Department told KTLA.

Paramedics pronounced both victims dead at the scene, Deputy Michelle Sanchez said.

Arriving officers also discovered one of the victim's vehicles was missing from the residence. The vehicle was returned to the location by a Black adult male who identified himself to officers on the scene as a resident of the home.

The man was identified as Robert Anderson Cotton, 32, and he was detained and booked for two counts of murder, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Authorities have so far not disclosed the relationship between the victims and suspect, however, ABC7 Eyewitness News and FOX11 report that Cotton is the female victim's son and the victims were brother and sister.

Cotton is currently being held in lieu of a $2 million bail pending his initial appearance in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, which is scheduled for Thursday, Pasadena Now reports.

The case is being treated as a double homicide investigation.

Newsweek has contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for comment.

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File photo: Police tape hangs across the street in front of a house as a man and a woman are found dead in a California home. Larry W. Smith/Getty