A 49-year-old man is in police custody after a 78-year-old woman was found dead inside her condominium Wednesday morning.
Police received a 911 call at 7:45 a.m. from the Scarlett Rd. condo. Officers said the initial report “was not a priority call.” When they arrived, they found the body of a woman with “obvious signs of trauma,” Det. Stacy Gallant said. Police later lead the 911 caller out of the building in handcuffs and a weapon was recovered.
The man was arrested and held at 12 Division for questioning. No names have been released.
Gallant declined to talk about any relationship between the victim and the man in custody, but people in the building say they are a mother and son. No charges have been laid.
The victim’s condo sits in the back of one of the four red brick towers that make up Lambton Square. The well-manicured complex is bordered by the Lambton Golf and Country Club, the Scarlett Woods Golf Club, Scarlett Mills Park and Smythe Park south of Eglinton Ave. W. Those who live in the complex call it a “sanctuary.”
Paul Caetano, the building’s superintendent husband, said police questioned the son of a retired woman who lived on the third floor. The son was often at the condo to help his mother with groceries, he said.
“He’s a nice guy,” he said.
A woman who lives on the 13th floor and who would only identify herself as Sylvia said the woman was very quiet and kept to herself.
The woman’s son had moved out of the condo a year and a half ago, but had recently moved back, she said. Sylvia saw the man in the elevator three days ago.
“Maybe it was a mistake for him to come back,” she said.
Margaret Bogan, who lives on the 18th floor of a nearby tower, saw a man in a windbreaker come out of the building in handcuffs this morning.
“He looked pretty calm,” she said. “It’s just a tragedy.”