SAN BERNARDINO – Police arrested a man last week considered to be the chief suspect in the beating death of an 84-year-old woman in January during a home invasion robbery.
Freddie Weston, 33, was charged by prosecutors on Friday on suspicion of murder and residential burglary, according to a release. Lorna Gable and her 95-year-old husband were attacked on Jan. 19 at their home on the 900 block of 40th St. He was scheduled for a Monday arraignment.
Two weeks ago, sheriff’s homicide detectives issued a wanted flier with a sketch of Weston. After months of investigation, homicide detectives and the Sheriff’s Specialized Enforcement Team served search warrants in the 5100 block of North 3rd Ave. which led to Weston’s arrest. A county sheriff’s spokesman did not disclose how Weston was identified.
During the night of the attack, Gable had called 911 to report a man was inside her home, according to a sheriff’s release. When Weston realized she was awake, police allege he beat her severely and then attacked her husband. Investigators said Weston left the Gable’s home with a large amount of cash and a 1935 Colt .22 hand gun.
Gable died on Feb. 15. Gable’s husband, a World War II participant confined to a wheelchair, survived the attack.
At the time of the killing, it was one of several crimes against elderly citizens in that portion of the city, some of which have been solved while others are still being investigated.
Court records show that Weston pleaded guilty to a 2009 charge of obstruction or resisting a police officer and sentenced to 36 months probation. Later he was considered a fugitive in November 2011 after his probation was revoked when he failed to appear in court.
Weston was being held at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.