Suspect arrested in stabbing attack captured on Zoom

Police in Altadena, Calif., found the bodies of two people Monday after they were attacked in their home while one of them was on a Zoom call.

According to a report from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, the female victim was on a video call with her co-worker some time prior to 2:45 p.m. when the male victim was attacked.

The co-worker witnessed both ambushes via Zoom and called 911 to report them as a possible kidnapping.


When police arrived, they found the male victim in the driveway with multiple stab wounds. He was deceased upon their arrival, as was the female victim, who was found inside the home.

"The male was inside the house," Lt. Barry Hall of the sheriffs Homicide Division told NBC Los Angeles. "The lady was still talking on the Zoom when the male was dragged out of the house. That alerted her. Then, the suspect went inside and attacked her."

A male suspect, identified as 32-year-old Robert Cotton, later showed up at the home in one of the victim's cars, identifying himself as a resident of the home. Police detained and booked Cotton on two counts of murder, the police report notes.

The victims' identities have not yet been released, however NBC Los Angeles reports that both were in their 60s. The relationship between Cotton and the victims is not clear.