A man from Brooklyn killed his mother and stabbed his father in a dispute over shoes, a police source said on Sunday.
Oscar Rodriguez Jr., 55, is suspected of being in a fit of rage and stabbing a knife in his 77-year-old mother Maria Rodriguez had just returned home when she tried late Friday or early Saturday to end a dispute between the two men in the Bushwick family home.
Barefoot, when his father, Oscar Rodriguez, asked the question why he wore no shoes, the source said.
The angry son allegedly stabbed his father in the arms and chest, then stabbed his mother fatally and fled according to the source.
The elderly couple were covered in blood until his son-in-law Artelio Reyes (63) spotted her on Saturday night in the apartment on the streets of Garden and Noll, the source said. Reyes had climbed through a window at home, fearing that he would not be able to reach her by phone.
The father, who had suffered serious injuries, told the police that his son had attacked them.
The police arrested Rodriguez Jr. after receiving an independent emergency call for a violent and emotionally disturbed person who was walking around on Saturday. At the time, the police did not know that Rodriguez Jr. had been linked to the murder and took him to the Psychiatric Department of Woodhull Hospital.
One neighbor said Rodriguez Jr. had argued with his mother in the past.
They did not understand each other, "said the neighbor, who identified herself only as Sarah. "I am shocked that she is gone. [It’s] terrible."
Rodriguez Jr., who is still in the mental health department, was not charged with any offense on Sunday, the police said, "The hospital does not cooperate, so Police have not yet talked to him, the source said.
Detectives try to obtain a search warrant to retrieve the suspicious bloody pajamas Rodriguez wore at the time of the crime and when he was picked up from the source. [1
Additional coverage by CJ Sullivan