Man dies nearly two weeks after being strangled by daughter, police say

A Long Beach man died Friday as a result of the injuries he suffered when his daughter strangled him inside a residence near the city’s Sutter neighborhood in North Long Beach, authorities said in a statement Saturday morning.

Juan Ochoa Rodriguez, 74, was identified as the victim in the April 25 strangling that also left his wife critically injured on a sidewalk, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Rodriguez’s daughter, Genesis Noemi Ochoa, was arrested on April 26 in connection to the crime and has since been charged with two counts of elder abuse and attempted murder, police said. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges, court records show.

Police say Ochoa was arguing with her father and stepmother sometime around 2 p.m. on April 25 in the 5100 block of Long Beach Boulevard, police said. The argument escalated, leading Ochoa to use a foreign object to strangle Rodriguez and her stepmother, police said.

When officers arrived at the scene, they located Rodriguez and his wife suffering from critical wounds to their necks, police said. Long Beach Fire personnel transported the two victims to a local hospital where they were treated for their injuries.

Rodriguez succumbed to his injuries nearly two weeks later. His wife, whose identity was not revealed, has since been discharged from the hospital.

Ochoa, who was arrested the following day, has remained in jail on $2.05 million bail, inmate records show.

Detectives now plan to file a new case with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office next week where Ochoa may face new charges as a result of her father’s death.

This story was updated with more information from the Long Beach Police Department. 

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