Written by AARON CASTREJON
LOS ANGELES - Originally wanted only for questioning, the son of a husband and wife found dead and badly burned November 2 was booked on suspicion of murder.
Ryan Michael Venti, 33, was taken into custody at 7:55 p.m. November 5. He is being held in lieu of $2 million bail, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
Deputies responded with a helicopter to the residence, 3643 Crooked Creek Dr., in Diamond Bar around 7:50 p.m. after receiving a call from a neighbor. Venti was seen in a white hoodie in the backyard of the home where parents John Venti and Linda Venti died.
According to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s radio traffic, the resident was speaking to Venti over a fence and kept him talking until deputies arrived.
After repeatedly stating Ryan Venti was merely wanted for questioning, he was later sought for the killing of his parents and the arson of their home.
A dog also perished in the fire.
Ryan Venti was taken into custody without incident, according to Deputy Kim Alexander of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“From the condition of the suspect, it appears that he has been hiding in the surrounding hills and brush in an attempt to avoid capture,” Alexander said.
A motive for the killings has yet to be determined.
Venti is scheduled to appear in Pomona Municipal Court Wednesday, November 7.