Elderly couple stabbed in Brooklyn, son charged with murder

BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Police are investigating after a couple was found stabbed inside their Brooklyn apartment on Saturday evening, and their son has been arrested.

The two were attacked in the home on 66 Garden Avenue in Bushwick just before 7 p.m.

Maria Rodriguez, 71, suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso and was pronounced dead at the scene. She is reportedly the suspect's stepmother.

Her 87-year-old husband was slashed in the arm and the chest. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.

The news left neighbors stunned.

"She was a very good lady," one woman said. "See her all the time, sitting in the window, coming out with the walker. I'd hold the gate open for her. Happy go lucky. They was always together."

Authorities say the couple's son checked himself into a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation the same day they were found stabbed.

Now, 55-year-old Oscar Rodriguez is charged with second-degree murder.

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