In Virginia, a 19-year-old man is facing murder charges following a violent domestic dispute that resulted in the death of his father and the assault of his mother. Juan Pina-Ortiz was apprehended early Monday morning after law enforcement responded to a distress call from his residence.
The caller reported property destruction and suspected that Pina-Ortiz was under the influence of an unidentified narcotic. Upon arrival, officers found a chaotic scene with Pina-Ortiz allegedly assaulting his 51-year-old father, Juan Pina-Recendiz, while in a state of undress.
Despite commands from the officers to cease his assault, Pina-Ortiz continued his attack on his father. He then retreated further into the house before reappearing and charging at the officers. In a heightened state of agitation, Pina-Ortiz reportedly lunged at an officer, grabbing his vest. A police dog was deployed, biting Pina-Ortiz, who was then treated for minor injuries before being taken into custody. He is currently being held without bond.
The elder Pina-Recendiz was pronounced dead at the scene, the cause of death being blunt force trauma. Pina-Ortiz is also accused of assaulting his 52-year-old mother during the incident, although the authorities have not provided further details.
Pina-Ortiz was arraigned at the Prince William General District Court on Tuesday and faces charges of murder, assault, and battery of a law enforcement officer. A hearing is scheduled for Friday to determine his legal representation, with a preliminary hearing set for December 12.