By Mary O’KEEFE
Luis Gonzales Cuevas, 41, of Glendale was arrested after he allegedly assaulted an 83-year-old woman he had been caring for.
Neighbors contacted police at about 1:50 a.m. on July 4 and reported hearing a man yelling, screaming and throwing things at a residence on Verdugo Knolls Drive. The man was later identified as Cuevas.
Another reporting party allegedly said a female was saying “There is blood on my face” and a man’s voice say, “Don’t move” and “pistola” (the Spanish word for gun).
When Glendale police arrived, they reportedly found Cuevas yelling from the balcony of the home. He was detained. Officers found the 83-year-old victim in her bedroom with several injuries to her body including bruised arms and legs and injuries around her face. She pointed to a folding chair as the weapon Cuevas had used to beat her.
The woman was transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries.
According to the police report, Cuevas had worked for the victim as a caregiver for five years. He lived, rent free, at her home and helped run errands and fixed things around the house. The woman had paid him in the past but had not been able to pay in the last few months.
The victim told officers that at about 11 p.m. she was in her room getting ready for bed when the suspect stormed into the bedroom. He allegedly began accusing the victim of killing his sister. He then grabbed the folding chair and began hitting the woman.
According to the victim, Cuevas does have a sister and the woman had spoken to her earlier in the day. The behavior was reportedly out of character for Cuevas, however the victim said he had been arguing with neighbors earlier in the day. He reportedly had never been violent before this incident.
Cuevas was arrested and is held on $500,000 bail.