Pasadena Man Arrested for Murder of 76-Year-Old Arcadia Woman

Published : Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 11:14 AM

Chyong Jen Tsai, 76, of Arcadia, was found dead in the backyard of her Arcadia home on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. A Pasadena man, Hener Enoc Diaz, 27, has been arrested in connection with the case. Courtesy photo Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

A Pasadena man was arrested at his home Friday morning for the murder of 76-year-old Arcadia resident Chyong Jen Tsai, whose body was discovered in the backyard of her residence earlier this month. She had been stabbed, beaten and strangled to death.

Heber Enoc Diaz, 27, was arrested as he was leaving his residence April 19 at about 10:30 a.m., a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. spokesperson said.

The victim was discovered in the backyard of her residence in the 300 block of East Forest Avenue in Arcadia, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at approximately 7:00 a.m.

The Arcadia Police Department received the call of a person down at the location. When officers arrived, they found Tsai in the backyard. She not breathing and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tsai’s car was missing from her home at the time her body was found. It was found in the 900 block of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock on Thursday night.

Authorities said Diaz was arrested without incident and booked for murder at Inmate Reception Center in downtown Los Angeles. He is being held without bail.

Authorities have not released any information as to a motive for the murder.

Investigators said they will submit their case for review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

The homicide investigation is ongoing. Additional information will be released as more facts are established and verified.

There had been a $20,000 reward approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for information leading to an arrest in this case. However, since investigators developed the leads which resulted in Diaz’s arrest without community tips, that money is expected to go unclaimed.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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