Burbank Man Arrested For Murder of Mother

By On January 21, 2014

Burbank Police gather at the apartment of a woman who was allegedly killed by her son Monday night (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police gather at the apartment of a woman who was allegedly killed by her son Monday night (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Moises Diaz, age 40, was arrested on Monday, January 20, for the alleged murder of his mother, Maria Diaz, age 77, after her body was found in the south alley of 4000 W. Victory Blvd., between N. Evergreen St. and Pass Avenue. Burbank Police responded to a call placed at 10:41 a.m. about a person possibly sleeping in the alley. Upon arrival, officers found the body of the mother, already deceased, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

News media at the scene on Victory (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

News media at the scene on Victory (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The cause of death is pending an autopsy by the L.A. County Coroner’s office. After an investigation by the Burbank Police Monday, Diaz was arrested for the murder of his mother, just a few hours after the discovery of her body. Mother and son had been living together in a Burbank apartment, according to the statement released by Ryburn Monday evening.

Sgt. Darrin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Dept. briefs reporters at the main Police Station Monday night to announce the arrest. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Sgt. Darrin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Dept. briefs reporters at the main Police Station Monday night to announce the arrest. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Diaz was booked for murder and continues to be held in the Burbank Jail on $1,000,000 bail. Burbank Police ask for anyone who may have been in the south alley of 4000 W. Victory Blvd. between 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 19, and 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, to call the BPD at 818-238-3210.

This is the first murder in Burbank in over a year with the still unsolved shooting of Antwan Haroun, who was shot in his doorway the evening of October 11, 2012 on East Providencia Ave. and when police charged the parents of a baby girl with murder after the baby’s death on November 9, 2012.

Photographer Ross A. Benson contributed to this report.

Police tow a car from the residence (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Police tow a car from the residence (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Police spent a majority of the day at the apartment where the suspect lived with his mother on Victory Blvd. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Police spent a majority of the day at the apartment where the suspect lived with his mother on Victory Blvd. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)