HAYWARD (BCN) — A 28-year-old man has been arrested in Washington state on suspicion of murder for the recent stabbing death of his mother at the home they shared in unincorporated Hayward, an Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman said on Wednesday.
LeMario Thomas, who is still being held in Washington, has admitted to authorities that he killed his mother, 50-year-old Patricia Carpenter, at their home in the 22300 block of Princeton Street, Sgt. Ray Kelly said.
Sheriff’s deputies found Carpenter’s dead and decomposing body in the home’s living room at about 8:20 p.m. on Oct. 5 after they received a report that a foul odor was coming from inside her home, Kelly said.
Carpenter’s neighbors told deputies that they hadn’t seen any activity at her residence for about a week or more, Kelly said.
Deputies initially treated Carpenter’s death as suspicious because they weren’t immediately able to determine Carpenter’s cause of death because of the advanced decomposition of her body, according to Kelly.
Investigators learned that Carpenter lived at the residence with Thomas but his whereabouts were unknown and they weren’t able to get in touch with him, Kelly said.
Investigators later learned that at about 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 28 the California Highway Patrol dispatch center in Sacramento received a 911 call from an unknown number asking that the Hayward Police Department send units to 22370 Princeton St. in unincorporated Hayward to see what was inside the home, Kelly said.
But the male caller disconnected the call when the dispatcher asked for more information, he said.
Sheriff’s deputies then went to the home but no one answered the door and there weren’t any indications that something was wrong so they didn’t think there was legal justification to enter the residence, according
When Thomas’ brother and uncle were interviewed later they both recognized the 911 caller as Thomas, Kelly said.
An autopsy disclosed that Carpenter had been stabbed multiple times, resulting in her death, according to Kelly.
In addition, a knife with suspected blood on the blade and handle was recovered from Thomas’ room, he said.
That evidence and other evidence that was recovered from the home prompted sheriff’s officials to issue a warrant for Thomas’ arrest on a murder charge, according to Kelly.
Thomas was then arrested in Centralia, Wash., on Tuesday by local officers who responded to an interrupted automobile burglary and reports that residents had seen Thomas attempting to steal valuables out of a vehicle at that location, Kelly said.
When the Centralia officers detained Thomas, he told them he had killed his mother, according to Kelly.
Thomas also made admissions about his role in his mother’s death to sheriff’s investigators who traveled to Washington to interview him, Kelly said.
Thomas remains in custody at the Louis County Jail, pending an extradition hearing.
Kelly said sheriff’s officials have submitted a report to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office asking it to charge Thomas with the murder of his mother.
Kelly said anyone with information about the incident should call the sheriff’s investigations bureau at (510) 667-3636.