VICTORVILLE – A Victorville man held his elderly roommate against his will at their home and subsequently took his own life on Tuesday evening. At around 6:03 p.m. deputies from the Victorville station were dispatched to a home in the 16000 block of White Mountain Place. When they arrived, they learned that a 44-year-old man had hung himself at the home and was unresponsive.
Emergency medical personnel attempted to revive the man to no avail, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Prior to the suicide, deputies determined that the man was holding his 72-year-old roommate against his will. “The suspect secured the victim to a chair using duct tape and physically assaulted him over a period of several hours,” said Victorville Station Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez.. “After the suspect hanged himself the victim was able to free himself from the chair and get to a neighbor’s house to call law enforcement.”
The victim refused medical treatment for minor injuries including bruising and pain. The name of the deceased is being withheld at this time until his family is notified. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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