The son of a couple who died in a fire that appeared to have been intentionally set at their Diamond Bar home was in sheriff’s custody Monday evening.
Detectives had asked the public to help them find Ryan Michael Venti, 33, in connection with the house fire in which his parents, Linda Venti, 66, and John Venti, 75, were found dead. Ryan Venti was wanted for questioning and had not been named as a suspect, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
No details were immediately available about how or when he came to be in custody.
The blaze was reported about 5 a.m. Friday in the 3600 block of Crooked Creek Drive, and it took firefighters about 40 minutes to knock down the flames. The badly burned bodies of two victims were found in a bedroom, along with the charred remains of a dog.
Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said investigators were working to determine if the victims were killed before the fire.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Tony Imbrenda said there were no working smoke detectors inside the home.
Anyone with information about the fire was urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by dialing (800) 222-8477.