A 27-year-old man was charged Tuesday with the stabbing death of a 36-year-old Sylmar mother of three whose body was found in her home by family members when they returned from a trip to Mexico.
Jaime Alejandro Balsells was arrested Saturday for allegedly stabbing Virginia Luna — also known as Virginia Cantero — at her home in the 14500 block of Lyle Street between Sept. 3 and Sept. 4.
Balsells had reportedly been dating the victim for several months, and family members told CBS2 they had been concerned he might try and harm her.
Cantero died from a stab wound to the neck, with strangulation with a ligature listed as a contributing factor, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
She had been dead for “several days” by the time her husband, from whom she was separated, and three teenage daughters returned home from a weekend trip and found her body, then called police, who arrived at the home at about 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, according to Los Angeles Police Department Detective Christine Moselle.
Responding officers met the family members at the residence, and homicide detectives were called to the scene when Luna’s injuries were determined to be suspicious, Moselle said, adding that the suspect “may have been staying with them off and on.”
The victim’s car was missing from the home, but was recovered in the LAPD’s Northeast Division and impounded, Moselle said.
Balsells was booked into the LAPD’s Van Nuys Station jail, with bail set at $2 million.
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