Santa Barbara Man Charged in Hatchet Killing of Elderly Encino Resident

VAN NUYS (CNS) - A Santa Barbara man accused of the hatchet killing of a 100-year-old Encino resident was charged today with murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Adam Dimmerman, 47, was arrested after the body of Youssef Mahboubianfard was found in his garage last Thursday.

The defendant, who is being held on $2 million bail, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon at the Van Nuys courthouse.

Officers were called by the Los Angeles Fire Department to the victim's residence in the 17700 block of Alonzo Place, north of the Encino Reservoir, about 12:50 p.m. Thursday to investigate reports of a man found with numerous lacerations.

An earlier call reporting an assault with a deadly weapon led authorities to another man with lacerations on his left arm in the 4400 block of Coronet Drive in Encino about 11:50 a.m. Thursday. That man apparently followed the suspect when he fled the fatally wounded victim's residence and phoned police.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, detectives are confident Dimmerman committed both attacks -- probably killing Mahboubianfard first. Police said they recovered an ax and a knife and arrested Dimmerman later the same day.

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