Police arrest Long Beach resident on suspicion of killing his mother

Police say a woman was stabbed to death by her son during an argument Tuesday morning in the 1000 block of Pacific Avenue in Long Beach’s Willmore neighborhood.

Police said in a statement today that they were called to the scene of the crime at around 9:37 a.m. after reports of a person yelling for help.

Soon after, officers and paramedics arrived to find an unresponsive woman in her 50s inside an apartment. The Long Beach Fire Department transported her to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said.

“The son is believed to have stabbed the mother multiple times in the upper body during an argument inside their shared apartment,” police said in a statement. “He is currently in custody and being interviewed by detectives who will determine booking charge(s) at the completion of their investigation.”

Nathaniel Eugene King, 24, was booked on suspicion of one count for murder and one count for violating parole, according to Long Beach Police Department booking log records. He is being held without bail, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department inmate records.

A small area on 10th Street between Cedar and Pacific avenues was closed off with yellow and red police tape for several hours as police conducted their investigation.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office is working on identifying the mother.

Detectives are currently working to interview potential witnesses and collect more evidence related to the assault.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more information from the Long Beach Police Department. 

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.
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