A 27-year-old man was charged Tuesday with the stabbing death of a 36-year-old woman whose body was found in her Sylmar home.
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, officials said.
The victim died from a stab wound of the neck, and strangulation with a ligature was listed as a significant condition in online records from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
Officers were sent to the home at about 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 and found Luna dead inside, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Police said an initial investigation revealed that Luna “was a victim of a violent homicide.”
Responding officers met family members at the residence, and homicide detectives were called to the scene when Luna’s injuries were determined to be suspicious, according to Detective Christine Moselle of the LAPD.
Investigators believe the woman had been dead for “at least several days,” Moselle said.
The woman’s husband, from whom she was separated, and her daughters had been in Mexico and found her when they returned, family members told KTLA5.
A vehicle was missing from the home but has been recovered and impounded, Moselle said.
Relatives said her death could be connected to a domestic incident possibly involving Luna’s boyfriend, KTLA5 reported.
Officer Rosario Cervantes of the LAPD Media Relations Division could not immediately confirm if there was any relationship between Balsells and Luna.
Balsells was booked into the LAPD’s Van Nuys Station jail and his bail was set at $2 million.
No further details were released.
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