Two 9-year-old twin sisters were stabbed to death early Wednesday by their father, who then stabbed himself and was found dead across the street from the home in Placentia in a murder-suicide, police said.
Officers went to the 400 block of Swanson Avenue at 12:38 a.m. regarding a call of “unknown trouble with two children stabbed,” Placentia Police Department Lt. Adam Gloe said in a statement.
It was determined Wednesday night that the girls’ mother had called 911, according to Sgt. Joe Connell.
“My husband just stabbed my children,” the woman is heard saying to an operator. “I have twin girls.”
The suspect was identified as 41-year-old Timothy Takehara, Connell said. Police did not release the names of the victims.
When officers arrived, they found Takehara on a front lawn across the street from his home, Gloe said.
The officers found the twins bleeding inside their home. The girls’ mother and grandmother, who is Takehara’s mother, were in the home when the attack happened and police were talking to them to try to find out what happened, Connell said.
Officers previously responded to the home in September 2019 for an argument between two adults. An investigation was conducted and no arrests were made and none of the residents were injured, Connell said.
“My heart goes out to the family,” Sgt. Bryce Angel told reporters at the scene. “This is just a tragic situation for the whole community.”
Placentia Police Department Chief Darin Lenyi echoed the sentiments of officers at the scene.
“On behalf of the men and women of the Placentia Police Department, we are truly heartbroken by the tragic events that occurred last night.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their family and we will continue to investigate to try and make sense of this horrific crime.”
The mother and grandmother were asleep in the home when the attack occurred, according to police.
“The children’s mother was awakened to this violence, and tried to intervene,” Angel told Fox11. “However, the male had already completed the act, and ran out of the house. And it looks like he bled out, across the street.”
Angel said crisis counselors were made available to relatives of the victims.
“It is extremely tragic for the family,” Angel said. “It’s just one of those things that we hate to see happen. We’re trying to get to the bottom of this, why it happened.”
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