A man suspected of the brutal slaying of an elderly couple inside their La Verne mansion last year has been behind bars on an unrelated charge since February, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.
Shirley Isom, 74, and Armie Isom, 89, were killed Dec. 26, and sheriff’s investigators launched a massive search for a suspect described walking away from the scene of the crime.
According to spokeswoman Nicole Nishida, the suspect has been in custody on an unrelated charge.
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People from the neighborhood were happy someone had finally been caught.
"I think it's good. I mean someone beating up and killing an older couple like that is just horrible," resident John Goforth said. "It has shocked a lot of people ... people feel a little safer maybe that they've got this guy and he's not out running around ... hurting somebody else out there."
The suspect, wearing a hooded jacket and carrying a backpack, was seen in the video walking at a fast pace near the crime scene and then was later spotted walking a few miles away at a nearby Metrolink station.
Armie Isom was a wealthy businessman, but nothing was stolen from the home. Several civil lawsuits were pending against him, which investigators are looking into as a possible motive.
Detectives have not released a suspected motive for the killing, but are expected to hold a news conference to release new details Wednesday morning.
Sources told NBC4 investigators checked for a possible link with the murders of 78-year-old Joseph Gatto in Silverlake and Toni Yager, 76, of Windsor Square, however no connection was found.