California Man, 71, Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing Daughter to Death in San Bernardino County

An elderly California man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing his daughter to death.

Joe Montes, 71, is accused of murdering 49-year-old Darlene Montes at an address in Rancho Cucamonga on the morning of September 16.

At around 8:30 a.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to 6300 block of Elkridge Place, after a man had called to say that he had stabbed his daughter.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Darlene Montes suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was taken by ambulance to San Antonio Community Hospital, but later died from her injuries.

The father remained at the home until the deputies arrived. He was transported to the Rancho Cucamonga Police Station for questioning and booked into West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of Penal Code 187—murder.

"This was an isolated incident, there are no outstanding suspects which pose a threat to public safety," the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

Neighbors said they were completely unaware that the father and daughter had any issues with their relationship.

"It's a relief, in a way, that somebody is in custody. It's so shocking because they're so nice," Rose Gomez told Fox 11. "Never expected this at all. It's heartbreaking...You never know what goes on behind closed doors. Pretty sad."

Sergeant Jeff Allsion, spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, said the killing occurred in a normally safe area.

"To hear something like this is pretty unreal," local resident Jesse Martinez told KTLA.

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Police said the stabbing in Rancho Cucamonga, California, took place in a usually safe area. Google Maps

The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence states that approximately 40 percent of women living in the state experience physical violence at the hands of their partner, at least once in their lifetimes.

According to the California Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Statistics Center, there were 113 domestic violence fatalities in 2008, which accounted for five percent of all homicides in the state.

Of the 113 domestic violence homicides in 2008, 99 of the victims were females and 14 were males.

Nationwide, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), says that nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner or spouse in the U.S. every single year.

This amounts to a yearly total of more than 10 million women and men subjected to domestic abuse across the U.S.

Anyone who may have information about this case is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department – Homicide Division, Detective E. Ogaz, at (909)-387- 3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous and can contact We-Tip at 800-78-CRIME or

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